The Byzantines

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University of Chicago Press, May 1, 1997 - History - 293 pages
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For more than a thousand years, Byzantium flourished at the crossroads of the Eastern and Western worlds. But who were the people of the first modern civilized state? What features distinguished them from earlier civilizations, and what cultural characteristics, despite their multi-ethnic origins, made them uniquely Byzantine?

Through a series of remarkably detailed composite portraits, an international collection of distinguished scholars has created a startlingly clear vision of the Byzantines and their social world. Paupers, peasants, soldiers, teachers, bureaucrats, clerics, emperors, and saints—all are vividly and authentically presented in the context of ordinary Byzantine life. No comparable volume exists that so fascinatingly recovers from the past the men and women of Byzantium, their culture and their lifeways, and their strikingly modern worldview.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
3
THE POOR
17
THE PEASANTRY
45
SOLDIERS
76
TEACHERS
97
WOMEN
119
ENTREPRENEURS
146
BISHOPS
174
FUNCTIONARIES
199
EMPERORS
232
SAINTS
257
INDEX
283
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Guglielmo Cavallo is professor of Greek palaeography at the University of Rome La Sapienza.

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