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The Lost World of Byzantium (2015 Hardback)


£20.00

Almost new condition used 2015 First Edition
Hardback with intact Dust Jacket.

Published by Yale University Press, London.
Author: Jonathan Harris.
ISBN: 9780300178579.
Approx dims: 240mm h x 165mm w x 32mm d.

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The Lost World of Byzantium

Condition and Description:

Almost new condition used 2015 First Edition Hardback with intact Dust Jacket.

Published by Yale University Press, London.
Author: Jonathan Harris.
ISBN: 9780300178579.
Approx dims: 240mm h x 165mm w x 32mm d.

Intact clean glossy condition dust jacket with slight creasing to edges and slight signs of handling. Intact DJ spine. DJ over very good condition light brown boards. 264 clean, slightly off white pages of English text with 5 b&w maps, plus 16 pages with 33 b&w photo illustrations, no inscriptions. Page ends slightly off white. Image shown is actual book for sale.

Synopsis of The Lost World of Byzantium:

A fresh, concise, and accessible history of one of the medieval world’s greatest empires For more than a millennium, the Byzantine Empire presided over the juncture between East and West, as well as the transition from the classical to the modern world. Jonathan Harris, a leading scholar of Byzantium, eschews the usual run-through of emperors and battles and instead recounts the empire’s extraordinary history by focusing each chronological chapter on an archetypal figure, family, place, or event.

Harris’s action-packed introduction presents a civilisation rich in contrasts, combining orthodox Christianity with paganism, and classical Greek learning with Roman power. Frequently assailed by numerous armies-including those of Islam-Byzantium nonetheless survived and even flourished by dint of its somewhat unorthodox foreign policy and its sumptuous art and architecture, which helped to embed a deep sense of Byzantine identity in its people.

Enormously engaging and utilising a wealth of sources to cover all major aspects of the empire’s social, political, military, religious, cultural, and artistic history, Harris’s study illuminates the very heart of Byzantine civilisation and explores its remarkable and lasting influence on its neighbours and on the modern world.

For medieval wars and battles see our Medieval Warfare section.