By Timothy E. Gregory
This revised and accelerated version of the widely-praised A heritage of Byzantium covers the time of Constantine the good in advert 306 to the autumn of Constantinople in 1453.
• Expands remedy of the center and later Byzantine classes, incorporating new archaeological evidence
• comprises extra maps and pictures, and a newly annotated, up to date bibliography
• includes a new part on net assets for Byzantium studies
• Demonstrates that Byzantium was once very important in its personal correct but additionally served as a bridge among East and West and historic and smooth society
• Situates Byzantium in its broader historic context with a brand new comparative timeline and textboxes
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A History of Byzantium by Timothy E. Gregory