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A History of Byzantium


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A History of Byzantium (Blackwell History of the Ancient World) by Timothy Gregory

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Product Description
This book is a concise narrative of Byzantine history from the time of Constantine the Great (AD 306) to the fall of Constantinople in 1453.

  • Argues that Byzantium was important in its own right but also served as a bridge between East and West and ancient and modern society.
  • Uses the chronological political history of the empire as a narrative frame.
  • Considers social and economic life and the rich culture of the Byzantine Empire.
  • Integrates visual documents, such as photographs of art, architecture, and implements from daily life.
  • Makes the latest scholarship accessible to a wide audience.
  • Includes a chronological list of emperors, a glossary and maps.


Book Description
This book is a concise narrative of Byzantine history from the time of Constantine the Great (306 AD) to the fall of Constantinople in 1453. The book views Byzantium as a vital society, important in its own right, that also served as a bridge between East and West and ancient and modern society. The book uses the chronological political history of the empire as a narrative frame, but balances politics with a consideration of social and economic life and the rich culture of Byzantium. Visual documents such as photographs of art, architecture, and implements from daily life are used alongside the text to raise questions about life in the Byzantine Empire. The book is based on the latest scholarship and discusses the major historiographical questions for each period. At the same time, it is written in clear, narrative prose, making this fascinating period accessible to a wide readership.

From the Back Cover
This book is a concise narrative of Byzantine history from the time of Constantine the Great in AD 306 to the fall of Constantinople in 1453. The author presents Byzantium as a vital society, important in its own right, but also one that served as a bridge between East and West, and ancient and modern society.


A History of Byzantium uses the chronological political history of the empire as a narrative frame, but balances politics with a consideration of social and economic life and the rich culture of Byzantium. Visual documents, such as photographs of art, architecture, and implements from daily life, are used alongside the text to raise questions about life in the Byzantine Empire. The book is based on the latest scholarship and discusses the major historiographical questions for each period. At the same time, it is written in clear, narrative prose, making this fascinating period accessible to a wide readership.

About the Author
Timothy E. Gregory is Professor of Byzantine History at Ohio State University where he is also Adjunct Professor of Anthropology. He is the author of Isthmia (1993), The Corinthia in the Roman Period (1993), and Vox Populi (1979) and editor of the textbook Exploring the European Past: Texts and Images (2002), among other publications. He also has considerable experience in online teaching. He has served on the editorial board of journals such as Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies and the American Journal of Archaeology. He has extensive archaeological fieldwork experience in Greece and Cyprus and is the director of the Ohio State University Excavations at Isthmia.

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