The Oxford History of Byzantium by Cyril MangoThe Oxford History of Byzantium by Cyril Mango

The Oxford History of Byzantium

EditorCyril Mango

Hardcover | October 24, 2002

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The Oxford History of Byzantium is the only history to provide in concise form detailed coverage of Byzantium from its Roman beginnings to the fall of Constantinople and assimilation into the Turkish Empire. Lively essays and beautiful illustrations portray the emergence and development of adistinctive civilization, covering the period from the fourth century to the mid-fifteenth century. The authors - all working at the cutting edge of their particular fields - outline the political history of the Byzantine state and bring to life the evolution of a colourful culture.In AD 324, the Emperor Constantine the Great chose Byzantion, an ancient Greek colony at the mouth of the Thracian Bosphorous, as his imperial residence. He renamed the place 'Constaninopolis nova Roma', 'Constantinople, the new Rome' and the city (modern Istanbul) became the Eastern capital of thelater Roman empire. The new Rome outlived the old and Constantine's successors continued to regard themselves as the legitimate emperors of Rome, just as their subjects called themselves Romaioi, or Romans long after they had forgotten the Latin language. In the sixteenth century, Western humanistsgave this eastern Roman empire ruled from Constantinople the epithet 'Byzantine'.Against a backdrop of stories of emperors, intrigues, battles, and bishops, this Oxford History uncovers the hidden mechanisms - economic, social, and demographic - that underlay the history of events. The authors explore everyday life in cities and villages, manufacture and trade, machinery ofgovernment, the church as an instrument of state, minorities, education, literary activity, beliefs and superstitions, monasticism, iconoclasm, the rise of Islam, and the fusion with Western, or Latin, culture. Byzantium linked the ancient and modern worlds, shaping traditions and handing down toboth Eastern and Western civilization a vibrant legacy.
Cyril Mango was Bywater and Sotheby Professor of Byzantine and Modern Greek Language and Literature at Oxford until his retirement.
Title:The Oxford History of ByzantiumFormat:HardcoverPublished:October 24, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0198140983

ISBN - 13:9780198140986


Table of Contents

Cyril Mango: Introduction1. Peter Sarris: The Eastern Empire from Constantine to Heraclius (306 - 641)2. Clive Foss: Life in City and Country3. Cyril Mango: New Religion, Old Culture4. Robert Hoyland: The Rise of Islam5. Warren Treadgold: The Struggle for Survival6. Patricia Karlin-Hayter: Iconoclasm7. Paul Magdalino: The Medieval Empire (780-1204)8. Cyril Mango: The Revival of Learning9. Jonathan Shepard: Spreading the Word: Byzantine Missions10. Stephen Reinert: Fragmentation (1204-1453)11. Ihor Sevcenko: Palaiologan Learning12. Elizabeth Jeffreys and Cyril Mango: Towards a Franco-Greek CultureChronologyMarlia Mundell Mango: Special features on hierarchies, pilgrimage, commerce, and monasticism

Editorial Reviews

`The editors provide expert guidance through all the intricate problems. Every library of medieval studies, especially Byzantine Iconoclasm, should own this definitive translation with its astute and learned commentary, glossary, and helpful indexes.'Michael Maas, Religious Studies Review