From Rome to Byzantium

From Rome to Byzantium : Fifth Century AD

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Byzantium was dismissed by Gibbon, in the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire,and his Victorian successors as a decadent, dark, oriental culture, given up to intrigue, forbidden pleasure and refined cruelty. This great empire, founded by Constantine as the seat of power in the East began to flourish in the fifth century AD, after the fall of Rome, yet its culture and history have been neglected by scholars in comparison to the privileging of interest in the Western and Roman Empire. Michael Grant's latest book aims to compensate for that neglect and to provide an insight into the nature of the Byzantine Empire in the fifth century; the prevalence of Christianity, the enormity and strangeness of the landscape of Asia Minor; and the history of invasion prior to the genesis of the empire. Michael Grant's narrative is lucid and colourful as always, lavishly illustrated with photographs and maps. He successfully provides an examination of a comparatively unexplored area and constructs the history of an empire which rivals the former richness and diversity of a now fallen Rome.

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  • Hardback | 218 pages
  • 156 x 234 x 20mm | 539.78g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • LondonUnited Kingdom
  • English
  • illustrations, 46 b&w photographs, 6 maps
  • 0415147530
  • 9780415147538

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"Michael Grant is one of the most respected, and perhaps the most prolific, of historians of the ancient world. . . . [H]e now takes us into . . . the Roman and Byzantine empire of the fifth century, just before the fall of Rome. Grant seems a reliable guide to this world."-"The Globe and Mail, July 1998 "Few classicists have written as prolifically as Michael Grant . . . As one might expect, Grant possesses a clear, expository style, a fund of wide learning, and a willingness to risk the disdain of his colleagues by aiming at a popular audience."-"The Washington Post "Grant's study ... is impressively erudite and characteristically well researched, and provides a fresh perspective on a century that was truly the best and worst of times."-"Kirkus Reviews "Michael Grant is one of our finest and most prolific writers on the ancient world."-"Toronto Globe and Mail "This provides a fine, accessible history of the period . . .."-" The Bookwatch Grant possesses a clear expository style [and] a fund of wide learning, 31 May 1998

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