Fourteen Byzantine Rulers: The Chronographia Of Michael Psellus

Paperback | December 20, 1979

byMichael PsellusTranslated byE. R. A. SewterIntroduction byE. R. A. Sewter

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The death of Basil II in A.D. 1025, after fifty glorious years as sole emperor, ushered in decades of turbulence, corruption, and incompetence. For the following half-century of extraordinary decline, our main source is Michael Psellus, one of the greatest courtiers and men of letters of the age.
 
His vivid and forceful chronicle, full of psychological insight and deep understanding of power politics, is a historical and literary document of the first importance. Recent scholars have shattered forever the view that the Byzantine Age was just a shabby and disreputable appendage to the Roman Empire; Psellus, a man of striking refinement and humanity, both portrays and exemplifies at its best the Byzantine way of life.

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The death of Basil II in A.D. 1025, after fifty glorious years as sole emperor, ushered in decades of turbulence, corruption, and incompetence. For the following half-century of extraordinary decline, our main source is Michael Psellus, one of the greatest courtiers and men of letters of the age.   His vivid and forceful chronicle, fu...

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This chronicle of the Byzantine Empire, beginning in 1025, shows a profound understanding of the power politics that characterized the empire and led to its decline.

This chronicle of the Byzantine Empire, beginning in 1025, shows a profound understanding of the power politics that characterized the empire and led to its decline.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 7.75 × 5.11 × 0.91 inPublished:December 20, 1979Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140441697

ISBN - 13:9780140441697

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18

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