X

Sign Up




READARA
Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire

Overall Rating

NA

Reviews

NA

Byzantium: The Surprising Life Of A Medieval Empire

Home > > History > Europe > Italy Facebook Twitter

Byzantium. The name evokes grandeur and exoticism--gold, cunning, and complexity. In this unique book, Judith Herrin unveils the riches of a quite different civilization. Avoiding a standard chronological account of the Byzantine Empire's millennium--long history, she identifies the fundamental questions about Byzantium--what it was, and what special significance it holds for us today.


Bringing the latest scholarship to a general audience in accessible prose, Herrin focuses each short chapter around a representative theme, event, monument, or historical figure, and examines it within the full sweep of Byzantine history--from the foundation of Constantinople, the magnificent capital city built by Constantine the Great, to its capture by the Ottoman Turks.


She argues that Byzantium's crucial role as the eastern defender of Christendom against Muslim expansion during the early Middle Ages made Europe--and the modern Western world--possible. Herrin captivates us with her discussions of all facets of Byzantine culture and society. She walks us through the complex ceremonies of the imperial court. She describes the transcendent beauty and power of the church of Hagia Sophia, as well as chariot races, monastic spirituality, diplomacy, and literature. She reveals the fascinating worlds of military usurpers and ascetics, eunuchs and courtesans, and artisans who fashioned the silks, icons, ivories, and mosaics so readily associated with Byzantine art.


An innovative history written by one of our foremost scholars, Byzantium reveals this great civilization's rise to military and cultural supremacy, its spectacular destruction by the Fourth Crusade, and its revival and final conquest in 1453.

Princeton University Press

Princeton University Press

No image

Judith Herrin

No of Pages
416
Publisher
Princeton University Press
ISBN-13
9780691143699
Awards
None
Book Format
Paperback
Published Date
Sep 28, 2009

Circles

Not in any circle

Book Journey

Reviews [0]

Likes [0]

Recommends [0]

Bookshelf [0]

Table of Contents

No data Found

About Judith Herrin

No data Found

Other Books by Author

No Books Available

More Italy Related Books

other Related books
Sicily: An Island at the Crossroads of History
Sicily: An Island at the Crossroads of History
Author :
John Julius Norwich
Publisher :
Random House
Published Date :
Jul 21, 2015
No of Pages :
400
Book Format :
Hardcover
Category :
Italy
other Related books
The House of Medici: Its Rise and Fall
The House of Medici: Its Rise and Fall
Author :
Christopher Hibbert
Publisher :
William Morrow Paperbacks
Published Date :
May 19, 1999
No of Pages :
364
Book Format :
Paperback
Category :
Italy
other Related books
Top 10 Rome (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide)
Top 10 Rome (Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guide)
Author :
Reid Bramblett, Jeffrey Kennedy
Publisher :
DK Eyewitness Travel
Published Date :
Jan 6, 2014
No of Pages :
192
Book Format :
Paperback
Category :
Italy
other Related books
The City of Falling Angels
The City of Falling Angels
Author :
John Berendt
Publisher :
Penguin Books
Published Date :
Sep 26, 2006
No of Pages :
414
Book Format :
Paperback
Category :
Italy
other Related books
Italianissimo: The Quintessential Guide to What Italians Do Best
Italianissimo: The Quintessential Guide to What Italians Do Best
Author :
Louise Fili, Lise Apatoff
Publisher :
Little Bookroom
Published Date :
Sep 2, 2008
No of Pages :
112
Book Format :
Hardcover
Category :
Italy
other Related books
Selections from the Prison Notebooks
Selections from the Prison Notebooks
Author :
Antonio Gramsci
Publisher :
International Publishers Co
Published Date :
Nov 24, 1971
No of Pages :
572
Book Format :
Paperback
Category :
Italy
other Related books
City of Fortune: How Venice Ruled the Seas
City of Fortune: How Venice Ruled the Seas
Author :
Roger Crowley
Publisher :
Random House Trade Paperbacks
Published Date :
May 21, 2013
No of Pages :
480
Book Format :
Paperback
Category :
Italy
other Related books
The Rommel Papers
The Rommel Papers
Author :
Carlo Levi
Publisher :
Da Capo Press
Published Date :
Mar 22, 1982
No of Pages :
592
Book Format :
Paperback
Category :
Italy
other Related books
Florence Art and Architecture
Florence Art and Architecture
Author :
Antonio Paolucci
Publisher :
H.F.Ullmann Publishing Gmbh
Published Date :
May 15, 2012
No of Pages :
528
Book Format :
Hardcover
Category :
Italy
other Related books
The Pursuit of Italy: A History of a Land, Its Regions, and Their Peoples
The Pursuit of Italy: A History of a Land, Its Regions, and Their Peoples
Author :
David Gilmour
Publisher :
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Published Date :
Nov 13, 2012
No of Pages :
480
Book Format :
Paperback
Category :
Italy
other Related books
The Italians
The Italians
Author :
Luigi Barzini
Publisher :
Touchstone
Published Date :
Jul 3, 1996
No of Pages :
352
Book Format :
Paperback
Category :
Italy
other Related books
Venice: A New History
Venice: A New History
Author :
Thomas F. Madden
Publisher :
Penguin Books
Published Date :
Oct 29, 2013
No of Pages :
464
Book Format :
Paperback
Category :
Italy
other Related books
Reading Greek: Grammar and Exercises
Reading Greek: Grammar and Exercises
Author :
Joint Association of Classical Teachers
Publisher :
Cambridge University Press
Published Date :
Jul 30, 2007
No of Pages :
557
Book Format :
Paperback
Category :
Italy
other Related books
Road to Valor: A True Story of WWII Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation
Road to Valor: A True Story of WWII Italy, the Nazis, and the Cyclist Who Inspired a Nation
Author :
Aili McConnon, Andres McConnon
Publisher :
Broadway Books
Published Date :
Jun 11, 2013
No of Pages :
336
Book Format :
Paperback
Category :
Italy
other Related books
A History of Venice
A History of Venice
Author :
John Julius Norwich
Publisher :
Vintage
Published Date :
Jun 18, 1989
No of Pages :
673
Book Format :
Paperback
Category :
Italy
other Related books
The Peoples of Sicily: A Multicultural Legacy
The Peoples of Sicily: A Multicultural Legacy
Author :
Louis Mendola, Jacqueline Alio
Publisher :
Trinacria Editions LLC
Published Date :
Nov 10, 2014
No of Pages :
368
Book Format :
Paperback
Category :
Italy
other Related books
The Great Siege: Malta 1565
The Great Siege: Malta 1565
Author :
Ernle Bradford
Publisher :
Open Road Media
Published Date :
Aug 19, 2014
No of Pages :
260
Book Format :
Paperback
Category :
Italy
other Related books
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Italian Riviera
DK Eyewitness Travel Guide: Italian Riviera
Author :
DK Publishing
Publisher :
DK Eyewitness Travel
Published Date :
Feb 17, 2014
No of Pages :
224
Book Format :
Paperback
Category :
Italy
other Related books
Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire
Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire
Author :
Judith Herrin
Publisher :
Princeton University Press
Published Date :
Sep 28, 2009
No of Pages :
416
Book Format :
Paperback
Category :
Italy
other Related books
Italian Renaissance Art
Italian Renaissance Art
Author :
Laurie Schneider Adams
Publisher :
Westview Press
Published Date :
Dec 3, 2013
No of Pages :
420
Book Format :
Paperback
Category :
Italy
+

Editorial Reviews

No Editorial Reviews Available

Community Reviews

No Community Reviews Available

Press Releases

No Press Release found

Testimonials

No Data available

Market Place