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The Byzantine Empire, founded by Constantine as the seat of power in the East, began to flourish in the fifth century A.D. after the fall of Rome. This work provides an insight into the nature of the Byzantine Empire in the fifth century, the prevalence of Christianity, the enormity and strangeness of the landscape of Asia Minor, and the history of invasion prior to the ge ...more
Hardcover, 203 pages
Published March 9th 1998 by Routledge (first published 1998)
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Michael Grant is one of the best and most accessible writers of classical history, and the history of the East Roman (Byzantine) Empire is relatively unknown to most westerners, including me. As a result, I had high hopes for this book. I was somewhat disappointed, however, when I read it. The book consists largely of lengthy citations to and quotations from the work of other scholars rather than Grant's own analysis. This structure gives the book the feel of an undergraduate research paper - al ...more
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Michael Grant was an English classisist, numismatist, and author of numerous popular books on ancient history. His 1956 translation of Tacitus’s Annals of Imperial Rome remains a standard of the work. He once described himself as "one of the very few freelances in the field of ancient history: a rare phenomenon". As a popularizer, his hallmarks were his prolific output and his unwillingness to ove ...more
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