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Hardcover Everyday Life in Byzantium Book

ISBN: 0880291451

ISBN13: 9780880291453

Everyday Life in Byzantium

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This book describes with knowledge and enthusiasm what it was like to live in Byzantine times. along with this information is over 100 illustrations which vividly portray the life, work, and religion... This description may be from another edition of this product.

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A fine social history of ancient Rome's Byzantine heirs.

When we think about the social life and customs of the "ancient Romans", we will likely visualize the Latin-speaking, toga-clad pagans who lived in or near Rome at the height of the empire. Yet, those keen in history recognize that Roman government and society survived in a Hellenic Christian character following the collapse of the Western empire. Thanks to author Tamara Talbot Rice, the characteristics of both government and society during the Roman Empire's Byzantine period are well described in "Everyday Life in Byzantium". The author makes her admiration for Byzantine civilization very clear, and for good reasons. Once scorned by historians as politically and culturally irrelevant, Byzantium (whose citizens proudly called themselves "Romans" until the very end) actually possessed a rich cosmopolitan culture which was modelled along Greek lines but was influenced significantly by other peoples in the Eastern Mediterranean and beyond. Still based on Roman law, its strong central government was headed by a powerful emperor who, paradoxically, held court like an Eastern potentate rather than an heir to the Caesars. Guiding the Byzantines in their spiritual life was an equally powerful Orthodox Church whose close relationship with the state had never been seen before in earlier Roman history. Against this backdrop, Rice gives a fine portrayal of a people who managed to leave an impressive legacy in law, literature, art, and spiritual thought despite 1000 years of constant political and military struggles. It is regrettable that this book is out of print, but I hope it will be republished in the near future.
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