By Averil Cameron
For many folks, Byzantium continues to be "byzantine"—obscure, marginal, tough. regardless of the efforts of a few fresh historians, prejudices nonetheless deform well known and scholarly realizing of the Byzantine civilization, usually lowering it to a bad relation of Rome and the remainder of the classical international. during this e-book, well known historian Averil Cameron provides an unique and private view of the demanding situations and questions dealing with historians of Byzantium today.
The publication explores 5 significant topics, all matters of controversy. "Absence" asks why Byzantium is regularly omitted, overlooked, or relegated to a sphere of its personal. "Empire" reinserts Byzantium into smooth debates approximately empire, and discusses the character of its method and its striking durability. "Hellenism" confronts the query of the "Greekness" of Byzantium, and of where of Byzantium in sleek Greek cognizance. "The geographical regions of Gold" asks what classes might be drawn from Byzantine visible paintings, and "The Very version of Orthodoxy" demanding situations latest perspectives of Byzantine Christianity.
Throughout, the e-book addresses misconceptions approximately Byzantium, indicates why it's so vital to combine the civilization into wider histories, and lays out why Byzantium may be crucial to ongoing debates in regards to the relationships among West and East, Christianity and Islam, Catholicism and japanese Orthodoxy, and the traditional and medieval sessions. the result's a forthright and compelling name to reassess where of Byzantium in Western background and imagination.
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