A Short History of Byzantium

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Vintage Books, 1997 - History - 496 pages
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"Norwich is always on the lookout for the small but revealing details. . . . All of this he recounts in a style that consistently entertains."
--The New York Times Book Review

In this magisterial adaptation of his epic three-volume history of Byzantium, John Julius Norwich chronicles the world's longest-lived Christian empire. Beginning with Constantine the Great, who in a.d. 330 made Christianity the religion of his realm and then transferred its capital to the city that would bear his name, Norwich follows the course of eleven centuries of Byzantine statecraft and warfare, politics and theology, manners and art.

In the pages of A Short History of Byzantium we encounter mystics and philosophers, eunuchs and barbarians, and rulers of fantastic erudition, piety, and degeneracy. We enter the life of an empire that could create some of the world's most transcendent religious art and then destroy it in the convulsions of fanaticism. Stylishly written and overflowing with drama, pathos, and wit, here is a matchless account of a lost civilization and its magnificent cultural legacy.

"Strange and fascinating . . . filled with drollery and horror."                          
--Boston Globe

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Review: A Short History of Byzantium

User Review  - Jessiqa - Goodreads

This book is shortened from Norwich's three-volume history. Though I majored in history in college, most of my classes, if they mentioned Byzantium at all, just barely touched on the empire. As an ... Read full review

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User Review  - Jim Martin - Goodreads

Norwich admits he's not a Byzantine scholar, but the work does provide a valuable, if somewhat sympathetic to the Byzantine state, introduction to the entire 1,100+ years of the history of that alien ... Read full review

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Julian the Apostate 33763
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The Fall of the West 395493
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The Rise of Justinian 493540
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