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British Museum Press, 2004 - Byzantine Empire - 96 pages
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This introduction to Byzantium tells the history of its rise to power and prominence followed by fluctuating periods of flowering, collapse and resurgence. Rowena Loverance begins with the founding of the Byzantine capital Constantinople in AD 330, through to its rule under the emperor Justinian, its external affairs and campaigns, its revival under Basil I and II, the crusades, through to its capture by the Ottoman Turks in AD 1453. Now in its third edition, this book includes new acquisitions by the British Museum and takes in recent advances in scholarship.

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Rowena Loverance is Head of Outreach and Learning Resources in the Education Department of the British Museum. She has excavated on Byzantine sites in Greece and Cyprus and made a particular study of Byzantine sculpture. For the last eight years she has co-edited the Bulletin of British Byzantine Studies.

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