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Historical dictionary of Byzantium
Rosser, John H. (John Hutchins), 1942-
Publication Information:
Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 2001.
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xli, 479 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, maps ; 22 cm.
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Author Notes

John H. Rosser is a faculty member of the Department of History at Boston College. He has been active in Byzantine archaeology and field research and has written numerous articles and an edited volume on Byzantium.

Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Number four in Historical Dictionaries of Ancient Civilizations and Eras covers Byzantium from its foundation in A.D. 324 to the conquest of Constantinople by the Turks in 1453. The extensive bibliography is arranged by subject.

Library Journal Review

Rosser (history, Boston Coll.), an active participant in field research related to Byzantine archaeology, begins this volume with a chronology that summarizes the history of Byzantium from its beginnings in 324 C.E. to the fall of its last outpost in 1461. This is followed by an introduction that provides concise overviews of Byzantine civilization. The dictionary proper covers people, events, and important aspects of Byzantine culture, such as art and economics, with a useful bibliography wrapping up the text. While the present volume cannot compete in scale with the three-volume Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium (LJ 8/91), it does possess the advantage of access to the latest archaeological discoveries and the coherence of approach that comes from its compilation by a single author. This work is thus highly recommended for public and academic libraries that did not purchase the Oxford workARobert J. Andrews, Duluth P.L., MN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Choice Review

Rosser provides a great deal in one volume. Aside from the foreword, acknowledgements, and "Note on Transliteration," the book contains maps, plans and sections, chronology, introduction, dictionary, and bibliography. The extensive dictionary entries cover most aspects of Byzantine history with multiple cross-references. Some entries (like "Patriarch") are much too brief, and there is nothing about Byzantine cooking. As if to balance, Rosser provides much-needed illustrations and a very substantial bibliography. The bibliography has a detailed table of contents, making it extremely useful for beginning students, particularly the six-page "Selected Sources in English Translation." Rosser also nods to the availability of Web sites, especially Dumbarton Oaks' Byzantine Studies (but the URL reference needs to be updated to ). Missing is any reference to Paul Halsall's Byzantium: Byzantine Studies on the Internet . This volume is recommended for smaller academic collections; larger libraries or those with strong interests in Byzantine topics will prefer The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium, ed. by Alexander Kazhdan et al. (3v., CH, Oct'91). T. M. Izbicki Johns Hopkins University