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Byzantium : the surprising life of a medieval empire
Herrin, Judith.
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Publication Information:
Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2007]

Physical Description:
xxiii, 391 pages, 24 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 24 cm
Introduction: A different history of Byzantium -- The city of Constantine -- Constantinople, the largest city in Christendom -- The East Roman Empire -- Greek orthodoxy -- The church of Hagia Sophia -- The Ravenna Mosaics -- Roman law -- The bulwark against Islam -- Icons, a new Christian art form -- Iconoclasm and icon veneration -- A literate and articulate society -- Saints Cyril and methodios, 'apostles to the slavs' -- Greek fire -- The Byzantine economy -- Eunuchs -- The imperial court -- Imperial children, 'born in the purple' -- Mount Athos -- Venice and the fork -- Basil II, 'the bulgar-slayer' -- Eleventh-century crisis -- Anna Komnene -- A cosmopolitan society -- The fulcrum of the crusades -- The towers of Trebizond, Arta, Nicaea and Thessanlonike -- Rebels and patrons -- 'Better the Turkish turban than the Papal tiara' -- The siege of 1453 -- Conclusion: The greatness and legacy of Byzantium.
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