Fourteen Byzantine Rulers: The Chronographia Of Michael Psellus by Michael PsellusFourteen Byzantine Rulers: The Chronographia Of Michael Psellus by Michael Psellus

Fourteen Byzantine Rulers: The Chronographia Of Michael Psellus

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

Paperback | December 20, 1979

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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.
Michael Psellus, Byzantine philosopher, historian, and man of letters, was born in Constantinople in 1018. An infant prodigy, he attracted the notice of important patrons and eventually entered the government service, and, as one short-lived emperor succeeded another, became extremely influential. Falling into disfavor on Constantine I...
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Title:Fourteen Byzantine Rulers: The Chronographia Of Michael PsellusFormat:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 7.79 × 5.1 × 0.9 inPublished:December 20, 1979Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140441697

ISBN - 13:9780140441697

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