The Byzantines

Paperback | May 1, 1997

EditorGuglielmo Cavallo

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For more than a thousand years, Byzantium flourished at the crossroads of the Eastern and Western worlds. But who were the people of the first modern civilized state? What features distinguished them from earlier civilizations, and what cultural characteristics, despite their multi-ethnic origins, made them uniquely Byzantine?

Through a series of remarkably detailed composite portraits, an international collection of distinguished scholars has created a startlingly clear vision of the Byzantines and their social world. Paupers, peasants, soldiers, teachers, bureaucrats, clerics, emperors, and saints—all are vividly and authentically presented in the context of ordinary Byzantine life. No comparable volume exists that so fascinatingly recovers from the past the men and women of Byzantium, their culture and their lifeways, and their strikingly modern worldview.

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Through a series of remarkably detailed composite portraits, an international collection of distinguished scholars has created a startlingly clear vision of the Byzantines and their social world. Paupers, peasants, soldiers, teachers, bureaucrats, clerics, emperors, and saints -- all are vividly and authentically presented in the conte...

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For more than a thousand years, Byzantium flourished at the crossroads of the Eastern and Western worlds. But who were the people of the first modern civilized state? What features distinguished them from earlier civilizations, and what cultural characteristics, despite their multi-ethnic origins, made them uniquely Byzantine?Through a...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:302 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.8 inPublished:May 1, 1997Publisher:University Of Chicago Press

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ISBN - 10:0226097927

ISBN - 13:9780226097923

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Table of Contents

Translators' Note
Introduction
Guglielmo Cavallo
1: The Poor
Evelyne Patlagean
2: The Peasantry
Alexander Kazhdan
3: Soldiers
Peter Schreiner
4: Teachers
Robert Browning
5: Women
Alice-Mary Talbot
6: Entrepreneurs
Nicolas Oikonomides
7: Bishops
Vera von Falkenhausen
8: Functionaries
Andre Guillou
9: Emperors
Michael McCormick
10: Saints
Cyril Mango
Index

From Our Editors

Through a series of remarkably detailed composite portraits, an international collection of distinguished scholars has created a startlingly clear vision of the Byzantines and their social world. Paupers, peasants, soldiers, teachers, bureaucrats, clerics, emperors, and saints -- all are vividly and authentically presented in the context of ordinary Byzantine life.