THE LOST CAPITAL OF BYZANTIUM THE HISTORY OF MISTRA AND THE PELOPONNESE

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Lost Capital Of Byzantium

Author : Steven Runciman
ISBN : 9780857718105
Genre : History
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Clinging to a rugged hillside in the lush valley of Sparta lies Mistra, one of the most dramatically beautiful Byzantine cities in Greece, a place steeped in history, myth and romance. Following the Frankish conquest of the Peloponnese in the 13th century, William II of Villehardouin built a great castle on a hill near Sparta that later came to be known as Mistra. Ten years later, in a battle in northern Greece, Villehardouin was defeated and captured by the Byzantine Emperor. The terms for his release included giving Mistra to the Byzantine Greeks. Under their rule, the city flourished, harbouring the people of Sparta during the wars between the Franks and the Greeks, and eventually became the capital of the Peloponnese. It developed into a centre of learning and the arts and was a focal point for the cultural development of Europe. Mistra fell to the, Ottomans when the Byzantine empire collapsed, was later half-destroyed by the Albanians in the 18th century and finally devastated by Ibrahim Pasha during the Greek War of Independence. Sir Steven Runciman, one of the most distinguished historians of the Byzantine period, travelled to Mistra on numerous occasions and became enchanted with the place. Now published in paperback for the first time, Lost City of Byzantium tells the story of this once-great city - its rise and fall and its place in the history of the Peloponnese and the Byzantine empire.
Category: History

Author : Steven Runciman
ISBN : 9786180311815
Genre : History
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Το κλασικό έργο Βυζαντινός Πολιτισµός (1933) του Steven Runciman, ενός από τους σηµαντικότερους βυζαντινολόγους του 20ού αιώνα, είναι ένα πλήρες αν και συνοπτικό πανόραµα της Βυζαντινής Ιστορίας, από την ίδρυση της Κωνσταντινούπολης τον 4ο αιώνα έως την άλωσή της από τους Οθωµανούς το 1453. Επί αιώνες οι ιστορικοί της ∆ύσης αντιµετώπιζαν τον βυζαντινό πολιτισµό ως κατώτερο από τον αρχαίο ελληνικό και τον ρωµαϊκό, αλλά και από µεταγενέστερους πολιτισµούς της δυτικής Ευρώπης. Ο Steven Runciman ήταν από τους πρώτους που αµφισβήτησαν αυτή την άποψη, αναδεικνύοντας όχι µόνον τον ιδιαίτερο χαρακτήρα της Βυζαντινής Αυτοκρατορίας αλλά και τα επιτεύγµατά της σε ποικίλα πεδία. Στο βιβλίο αυτό, µε διεισδυτικότητα και µε κριτικό πνεύµα, ο συγγραφέας προσεγγίζει θέµατα όπως η κρατική δοµή και η διοίκηση στο Βυζάντιο, ο ρόλος της θρησκείας και της Εκκλησίας, ο στρατός και η διπλωµατία, η οικονοµική και κοινωνική ζωή, η εκπαίδευση, η λογοτεχνία και οι καλές τέχνες, οι σχέσεις της Βυζαντινής Αυτοκρατορίας µε άλλους λαούς αλλά και µε το Ισλάµ και τη ∆ύση.
Category: History

Byzantine Art And Renaissance Europe

Author : Angeliki Lymberopoulou
ISBN : 1409420388
Genre : Art
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Byzantine Art and Renaissance Europe discusses the cultural and artistic interaction between the Byzantine east and western Europe, from the sack of Constantinople by the Fourth Crusade in 1204 to the flourishing of post-Byzantine artistic workshops on Venetian Crete during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries and the formation of icon collections in Renaissance Italy. The contributors examine the routes by which artistic interaction may have taken place, and explore the reception of Byzantine art in western Europe, analysing why artists and patrons were interested in ideas from the other side of the cultural and religious divide. The book offers new perspectives and insights and re-positions late- and post- Byzantine art in a broader European cultural context.
Category: Art

Historical Dictionary Of Byzantium

Author : John H. Rosser
ISBN : 9780810875678
Genre : History
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The Byzantine Empire dates back to Constantine the Great, the first Christian ruler of the Roman Empire, who, in 330 AD, moved the imperial capital from Rome to a port city in modern-day Turkey, which he then renamed Constantinople in his honor. From its founding, the Byzantine Empire was a major anchor of east-west trade, and culture, art, architecture, and the economy all prospered in the newly Christian empire. As Byzantium moved into the middle and late period, Greek became the official language of both church and state and the Empire's cultural and religious influence extended well beyond its boundaries. In the mid-15th century, the Ottoman Turks put an end to 1,100 years of Byzantine history by capturing Constantinople, but the Empire's legacy in art, culture, and religion endured long after its fall. In this revised and updated second edition of the Historical Dictionary of Byzantium, author John H. Rosser introduces both the general reader and the researcher to the history of the Byzantine Empire. This comprehensive dictionary includes detailed, alphabetical entries on key figures, ideas, places, and themes related to Byzantine art, history, and religion, and the second edition contains numerous additional entries on broad topics such as transportation and gender, which were less prominent in the previous edition. An expanded introduction introduces the reader to Byzantium and a guide to further sources and suggested readings can be found in the extensive bibliography that follows the entries. A basic chronology and various maps and illustrations are also included in the dictionary. This book is an excellent access point for students, researchers, and anyone wanting to know more about Byzantium.
Category: History

Strat Gikon

Author : Kekaumenos
ISBN : UOM:39015029733162
Genre : Nobility
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The Walls Of Byzantium

Author : James Heneage
ISBN : 9781782061137
Genre : Fiction
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'One hell of a fine book' Conn Iggulden IN AN AGE OF CLASHING EMPIRES, DARK FORCES FROM THE EAST ENDANGER THE FIRST LIGHT OF THE WESTERN RENAISSANCE... It is an age of ruthless rulers, divided churches, fractured dynasties and intrepid traders. It is an age of great cities like Venice and Constantinople; an age of conquerors like Tamerlane who will drown the world in blood; an age when only a hero of exceptional gifts can make a difference. Luke Magoris is that hero. A hero who will find himself committed to a long journey to discover - and try to avoid - his destiny. He will travel from battle to trading fortune, from horse dealing to captivity, and to the love of three very different women and the unrelenting enmity of two remarkable men.
Category: Fiction