A Companion to Byzantium
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A Companion to Byzantium

Edited by Liz James

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Using new methodological and theoretical approaches, A Companionto Byzantium presents an overview of the Byzantine world fromits inception in 330 A.D. to its fall to the Ottoman Turks in 1453. * Provides an accessible overview of eleven centuries ofByzantine society * Introduces the most recent scholarship that is transforming thefield of Byzantine studies * Emphasizes Byzantium's social and cultural history, as well asits material culture * Explores traditional topics and themes through freshperspectives

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  • Hardback | 482 pages
  • 180 x 248 x 44mm | 1,038.72g
  • 10 May 2010
  • John Wiley and Sons Ltd
  • Wiley-Blackwell (an imprint of John Wiley & Sons Ltd)
  • Chicester
  • English
  • Illustrations, maps
  • 140512654X
  • 9781405126540
  • 1,847,206

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Liz James is Professor of Art History at the University of Sussex. Her books include Light and Colour in Byzantine Art (1996) and Empresses and Power in Early Byzantium (2001).

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"The bibliography is impressive. The list of primary sources, with editions, is particularly useful. The secondary sources include items published as recently as 2010. Summing up: Highly recommended. All research collections." (CHOICE, January 2011) "The collection ends with a 71-page bibliography. I note that this and other front and end matter (including a full list of contents, and a handy list of Byzantine rulers and key dates) is available currently as 'free content' at 'Wiley Online Library'. A subscription to this service appears to provide access to all chapters as PDF files, which would be of great benefit to those wishing to use the collection in teaching." (International History Review, January 2011) "Written by an impressive group of scholars, the 27 chapters of this companion offer their musings on the state of research in the fields considered, divided into sections on "being Byzantine," God and the world, texts, and material culture. The purpose of the chapters is not to describe the subject, but to describe its study and the current understanding and questions being brought by scholars. The result is a fascinating introduction to the topics and questions of interest in a broad field that will be of interest to the specialized reader as well as the student. Individual chapter topics include the relationship of the provinces to Constantinople, young people, the non-Chalcedonian churches, rhetoric, book culture, archaeology, and the Macedonian renaissance." (Book News Inc, November 2010)

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From the time Constantine the Great moved the imperial capital from Rome to Constantinople in 330 A.D., until its fall to the Ottoman Turks eleven centuries later, Byzantium flourished as the most powerful empire in the world. The Eastern Roman Empire not only exerted profound influences on neighboring civilizations, but helped preserve the works and thoughts of the ancient Greeks and produced transcendent works of religious art. Recent scholarship has transformed the field of Byzantine studies and propelled it to the forefront of academia. Building on these recent developments, "A Companion to Byzantium" presents a comprehensive overview of the field. In 27 original essays, leading scholars from around the globe explore fascinating new approaches, areas of research, and methodologies on such topics as memory, the emotions, childhood, and beauty. "A Companion to Byzantium" sheds new light on the complexities of Byzantium and points to its legacy in contemporary art and culture.

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