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The Lost World of Byzantium
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The Lost World of Byzantium

Jonathan Harris


For more than a millennium, the Byzantine Empire presided over the juncture between East and West, as well as the transition from the classical to the modern world. This book eschews the usual run-through of emperors and battles and instead recounts the empire's extraordinary history by focusing each chronological chapter on an archetypal figure, family, place, or event. The book's introduction presents a civilization rich in contrasts, combining orthodox Christianity with paganism, and classical Greek learning with Roman power. Frequently assailed by numerous armies—including those of Islam—B ... More

Keywords: Byzantine Empire, civilization, Roman power, Islam, orthodox Christianity, paganism, classical Greek learning

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780300178579
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2016 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300178579.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jonathan Harris, author
University of London