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The Oxford History of Byzantium is the only history to provide in concise form detailed coverage of Byzantium from its Roman beginnings to the fall of Constantinople and assimilation into the Turkish Empire. Lively essays and beautiful illustrations portray the emergence and development of a distinctive civilization, covering the period from the fourth century to the mid-f ...more
Hardcover, 376 pages
Published December 5th 2002 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published October 24th 2002)
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Славея Котова
Това е най-ужасната история на каквото и да било, която съм чела. Като изключим обема, за който все пак знаех преди да я започна, всичко друго беше непредвидимо зле, особено конструкцията на главите. : ))
Christopher
May 03, 2009 rated it really liked it
In spite of Byzantium finally getting its fair share of attention among historians over the last century, good single-volume introductions to the empire are few. John Julian Norwich's A SHORT HISTORY OF BYZANTIUM, an abridgement of his massive popular work in three tomes, is one option. But I was happy to come across THE OXFORD HISTORY OF BYZANTIUM and would recommend this as a good introduction. Each chapter of the OXFORD HISTORY was written by a different scholar, adding some variety to the bo ...more
Gavin O'Brien
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
A very enjoyable introduction to Byzantine History.

This work offers a very enjoyable and easy to read insight into world of the Eastern Roman Empire and the continuation of the Roman world as its gradually transformed in late antiquity into a Greek cultural mould and empire, whilst retaining the proud historic and cultural classical tradition.

Throughout the author touches on key themes and topics, from the transformation of the eastern Roman world to a more Greek model in the late antique peri
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Brayton Cole
Nov 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
A solid and serviceable history from a secular/skeptical perspective, incorporating more recent scholarship than Norwich and focusing more on long-term trends in culture and material factors. It can't match old J.J.'s knack for dishy narrative, but very few authors can, and that's not what it's for. Get both for a balanced perspective.
Panayiotia
Jun 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book gave a brief history of the Byzantine Empire, mentioning religious and political topics. It gives a basic overview, but is not as good as expected because of the amount of page space taken by photographic illustrations. Most of the illustrations are of Eastern icons, which play a major role in parts of the book. "The Oxford History of Byzantium" does not give enough information about the daily life of common people or regional differences. It mainly tells of emperors, archbishops, patr ...more
Carlos
Jun 12, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: history, non-fiction
Overall Mango does an adequate job in stitching together the individual chapters but for some reason the book still felt a little chopped up. It was perhaps due to the way that they liked to present the “cultural” chapters after the political ones, and that implies for the reader to make his own connections between the political developments and the cultural artifacts of a particular era. In the end it was not a bad book, but I’d probably not recommend it.
Matt
Dec 05, 2016 rated it liked it
This would have been so much better as straight chronological narrative. The book is interspersed with breaks on specific cultural topics, which interrupts the flow of the book
Diane
Jul 29, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is a series of essays about the history and culture of the Byzantine Empire. It provides an excellent introduction to someone without a lot of familiarity with the subject.
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May 13, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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Cyril Alexander Mango is a British scholar in the history, art, and architecture of the Byzantine Empire. He is a former King's College London and Oxford professor of Byzantine and Modern Greek Language and Literature. He is the brother of Andrew Mango.


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