The A to Z of Byzantium

The A to Z of Byzantium

by John H. Rosser


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Byzantium was one of the greatest empires that ever existed. It reigned over extensive regions around the Mediterranean and in Eastern Europe from its founding by Constantine in 324 to the fall of Constantinople in 1453. During this period, its emperors had not only secular powers but also religious, dominating the Orthodox church that spread into Slavic lands. However, internal divisions, rivalry with the West, and the relentless battle against invaders, including the Ottomans, would eventually weaken the Byzantine Empire, and although it disappeared half a millennia ago, its influences can still be seen today in Eastern Orthodoxy and Byzantine art and archaeology. The A to Z of Byzantium covers an impressively long period of over a thousand years, balancing the high points as it expanded and flourished and the low points when it was pushed back. The major events are first marked in the chronology and then expanded upon in the introduction. What actually transpired can then be seen in greater detail through several hundred cross-referenced dictionary entries describing important persons, institutions, events, and significant aspects of the economy, society, culture, religion, and warfare. A bibliography of supplementary material concludes the book.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810855915
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/24/2006
Series: A to Z Guide Series , #16
Pages: 488
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.44(h) x 1.23(d)

About the Author

John H. Rosser has been teaching Byzantine history for over three decades at the Department of History of Boston College.

Table of Contents

Part 1 Acknowledgments Part 2 Note on Transliteration Part 3 Maps, Plans, and Sections Part 4 Chronology Part 5 Introduction Part 6 The Dictionary Part 7 Bibliography Part 8 About the Author

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