A History of Byzantium (Blackwell History of the Ancient - download pdf or read online

By Timothy E. Gregory

ISBN-10: 140518471X

ISBN-13: 9781405184717

This revised and elevated version of the widely-praised A historical past of Byzantium covers the time of Constantine the good in advert 306 to the autumn of Constantinople in 1453. * Expands therapy of the center and later Byzantine classes, incorporating new archaeological proof* contains extra maps and pictures, and a newly annotated, up-to-date bibliography* encompasses a new part on internet assets for Byzantium experiences* Demonstrates that Byzantium was once vital in its personal correct but in addition served as a bridge among East and West and historic and glossy society* Situates Byzantium in its broader old context with a brand new comparative timeline and textboxes

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Which could then relatively easily be transferred to the soldiers in the field and other places where they were needed. As we have already seen, the difficulties of this period seem to have fallen especially hard on the local aristocracy, the curiales. A few curial families rose into the senatorial ranks, but many more lost their fortunes and fell from the curial lists for that reason. Not surprisingly, no one was willing to rush in to fill their role on the local city council. THE CRISIS OF THE THIRD CENTURY 31 Philosophy and Religion in the Third Century The third century witnessed important changes and developments in intellectual and religious life.

Political, Economic, and Social Problems It is obvious that, in one way, the crisis of the third century was essentially military and political in nature. The political and military crisis of the third century, however, was accompanied by significant changes in economic and social life. Indeed all these phenomena were clearly interrelated and they had an impact on the intellectual and spiritual fabric of the empire (to be discussed in the next section of this chapter). The most notable phenomenon of the third century was the nearly continuous state of civil war and the uncertainty about who was, in fact, the emperor.

Many military manuals also survive, including the Strategikon of the emperor Maurice, the Taktika of Leo VI, and a number of works that come from the circle of Nikephoros II Phokas. These, of course, were based on ancient models, but they were apparently considered of real practical value and they therefore contained much information that was new and important for Byzantine commanders. Historians of thought, especially science, mathematics, medicine, and philosophy produced enormous numbers of works, most of them still not translated into modern languages and many not even properly edited.

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