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By Liz James

ISBN-10: 140512654X

ISBN-13: 9781405126540

Utilizing new methodological and theoretical techniques, A spouse to Byzantium offers an summary of the Byzantine global from its inception in 330 A.D. to its fall to the Ottoman Turks in 1453.

  • Provides an available assessment of 11 centuries of Byzantine society
  • Introduces the newest scholarship that's remodeling the sphere of Byzantine studies
  • Emphasizes Byzantium's social and cultural historical past, in addition to its fabric culture
  • Explores conventional subject matters and issues via clean perspectives

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Furthermore, “the Byzantines themselves were deeply involved in the ethnogenesis of other peoples, including the Bulgarians, the Serbs, the Hungarians and the Russians, and were inextricably involved in the development of Europe” (A. M. Cameron 2006: ix). The interaction of Byzantium with both the West and the Islamic world has influenced how it has been studied over the last one hundred and fifty years by Europeans and how it is now perceived in the new axis between Europe, America and Islam. In Europe, Byzantium is seen as peripheral, little studied in schools or universities, yet the need to explain the formation of Europe has encouraged reflection on questions of ethnicity and exploration of the integration of barbarian tribes into the Roman Empire (Pohl 1997; Ahrweiler and Laiou 1998; Mitchell and Greatrex 2000).

In Reading Byzantine Texts, questions about Byzantine writing strategies are foregrounded: how do we understand Byzantine literature? What did the Byzantines mean when they wrote in particular ways? What is the difference between a Byzantine history and a piece of rhetoric, and how can we read and understand them? And what can books themselves tell us? Material Culture looks at issues concerning some of the ways in which objects from Byzantium have been used to construct particular histories of the Byzantine world, from Iconoclasm to the Macedonian Renaissance.

In Europe, Byzantium is seen as peripheral, little studied in schools or universities, yet the need to explain the formation of Europe has encouraged reflection on questions of ethnicity and exploration of the integration of barbarian tribes into the Roman Empire (Pohl 1997; Ahrweiler and Laiou 1998; Mitchell and Greatrex 2000). Mitchell notes the importance of the study of late Roman history for helping “our understanding of the evolution of the Roman and Sassanian Empires, the role of Christianity as a defining force within society, the role of smaller civic units, the Writing Histories of Byzantium: the Historiography of Byzantine History 19 impact of the barbarian migrations, and the political and social transformations that followed from them” (2006: 9).

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