Pages: 388Book format: B5Year of Publication: 2008Publication date: 05.01.2009
A History of Byzantium
This book is a concise narrative of Byzantine history from the time of Constantine the Great (306 AD) to the fall of Constantinople in 1453. The book views Byzantium as a vital society, important in its own right, that also served as a bridge between East and West and ancient and modern society. The book uses the chronological political history of the empire as a narrative frame, but balances politics with a consideration of social and economic life and the rich culture of Byzantium. Visual documents such as photographs of art, architecture, and implements from daily life are used alongside the text to raise questions about life in the Byzantine Empire. The book is based on the latest scholarship and discusses the major historiographical questions for each period. At the same time, it is written in clear, narrative prose, making this fascinating period accessible to a wide readership.