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    DescriptionA gripping intellectual adventure story, Sailing from Byzantium sweeps you from the deserts of Arabia to the dark forests of northern Russia, from the colorful towns of Renaissance Italy to the final moments of a millennial city under siege.... Byzantium: the successor of Greece and Rome, this magnificent empire bridged the ancient and modern worlds for more than a thousand years. Without Byzantium, the works of Homer and Herodotus, Plato and Aristotle, Sophocles and Aeschylus, would never have survived. Yet very few of us have any idea of the enormous debt we owe them. The story of Byzantium is a real-life adventure of electrifying ideas, high drama, colorful characters, and inspiring feats of daring. In Sailing from Byzantium, Colin Wells tells of the missionaries, mystics, philosophers, and artists who against great odds and often at peril of their own lives spread Greek ideas to the Italians, the Arabs, and the Slavs. Their heroic efforts inspired the Renaissance, the golden age of Islamic learning, and Russian Orthodox Christianity, which came complete with a new alphabet, architecture, and one of the world's greatest artistic traditions. The story's central reference point is an arcane squabble called the Hesychast controversy that pitted humanist scholars led by the brilliant, acerbic intellectual Barlaam against the powerful monks of Mount Athos led by the stern Gregory Palamas, who denounced "pagan" rationalism in favor of Christian mysticism. Within a few decades, the light of Byzantium would be extinguished forever by the invading Turks, but not before the humanists found a safe haven for Greek literature. The controversy of rationalism versus faith would continue to be argued by some of history's greatest minds. Fast-paced, compulsively readable, and filled with fascinating insights, Sailing from Byzantium is one of the great historical dramas-the gripping story of how the flame of civilization was saved and passed on. "From the Hardcover edition."


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    Title
    Sailing from Byzantium
    Subtitle
    How a Lost Empire Shaped the World
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Colin Wells
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 335
    Width: 137 mm
    Height: 206 mm
    Thickness: 18 mm
    Weight: 408 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780553382730
    ISBN 10: 055338273X
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25590
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC subject category V2: HBG
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3D
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037000
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/MEDIVL
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Abridged Dewey: 940
    B&T Approval Code: A14500000
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037010, HIS002000
    Ingram Theme: CULT/TURKEY
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAZ
    DC21: 949.502
    B&T Approval Code: A14203030
    DC22: 949.502
    BIC subject category V2: 3D, 1QDAZ
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: CB353 .W45 2006
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    Thema V1.0: NHB, NHC
    Edition statement
    Reprint
    Illustrations note
    MAPS THROUGHOUT
    Publisher
    Random House USA Inc
    Imprint name
    Random House Inc
    Publication date
    03 August 2007
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Colin Wells has studied with eminent Byzantinist Speros Vryonis Jr. at UCLA and holds an M.A. from Oxford University in Greats (Greek and Latin language and literature). He has written numerous articles on world history and culture for over a decade. He lives in upstate New York. "From the Hardcover edition."
    Review quote
    "In this work of extraordinary learning...readers will find themselves guided on a fascinating journey through a story that has never before been presented in such an accessible and thought-provoking fashion."--Thomas R. Martin, Jeremiah O'Connor Professor of Classics at the College of the Holy Cross "A superb survey of Byzantium's many cultural bequests.... In this deft synthesis of scholarship, classicist Wells shows how the Byzantines exerted a profound influence on all neighboring civilizations.... Contains a useful glossary of historical figures, detailed maps and a time line."--"Publishers Weekly", starred review "This history is a needed reminder of the debt that three of our major civilizations owe a debt to Byzantium. Highly recommended."--"Library Journal", starred review "From the Hardcover edition."