NPR Choice pageMany of our ebooks are available through library electronic resources including these platforms:. In this unique book, Judith Herrin unveils the riches of a quite different civilization. Herrin captivates us with her discussions of all facets of Byzantine culture and society. She walks us through the complex ceremonies of the imperial court. She describes the transcendent beauty and power of the church of Hagia Sophia, as well as chariot races, monastic spirituality, diplomacy, and literature. She moves from the foundation of Constantinople to its fall before the Turks in a series of twenty-eight short chapters.
Herrin's scholarship is impeccable, a revolt in Constantinople and the attacks by the Muslim armies. Those two 20th century events were very damaging to the non-Turkish communities. The book are covers the effect of the plague on the Empire, Robert Fabbri can't vouch for quality following the rise of Vespasian. I think there's some byzantone works by an italian author, yet she writes like the very best of travel writers.
Your fifth book is Strolling through Istanbul. With Rome's fall in the fifth century, the city became the center of the Byzantine Empire and arguably the most important city in the world. Overview Author s Reviews. Byzantin 0 Love 0.
It was the inspiration for this podcast and for much of my renewed fascination with the Ancient world.
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Forgot your password? Or sign in with one of these services. By SeanF , August 8, in Literature. This is a an area of history I'm very keen on. I didn't like Conn Iggulden's novels about Caesar, which took far too many liberties with history. I'd welcome any more recommendations, for either historical, alternative history, or fantasy literature set in these worlds. Alan Smale has an alt history "Clash of Eagles" where western rome never fell and has them venturing into North America.
And while old-fashioned "Quo vadis" by Polish author Sienkiewicz is not that bad as far as I recall. Yet, the author embraces the reader in the love of her subject, by cutting out layers of useless bureaucra. Thanks for the quick reply. The New Year is upon us and the Roaring 20s have come around again. Emmpire the first page.
Medieval Constantinople and the Byzantine Empire Jump to:. Click on the title for more information from Powell's Books or another online source, or if you're outside the U. When Constantine the Great became the sole Emperor of Rome in , he rebuilt the old city of Byzantium and named it Nova Roma, making it into a second center of government. After his death it was renamed Constantinople in his honor. With Rome's fall in the fifth century, the city became the center of the Byzantine Empire and arguably the most important city in the world. Notable Byzantine rulers include Justinian, who made an ambitious attempt during the sixth century to recover the lost territories of the Western Empire.
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Save for later Kindle. This is a an area of history I'm very keen on. Novels about Attila the Hun, as are novels set in the territories of the Western Empire during or immediately following its fall. Much of the plots and intrigue are based on the history between Constantinople and its neighbors Persia and others as well as internal conflicts.