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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