Byzantium: Beyond the Cliché: A Conversation with Maria Mavroudi

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Open Agenda Publishing, Oct 1, 2020 - History - 60 pages

This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Maria Mavroudi, Professor of History at UC Berkeley. Maria Mavroudi specializes in the study of the Byzantine Empire and this wide-ranging conversation explores her extensive research on the Byzantine Empire and how it has repeatedly been undervalued by historians despite its having been a military and cultural powerhouse for more than a millennium.

This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Beyond the High-School Narrative, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:

I. Becoming A Byzantinist - Inspiration and motivation

II. Historical Background - Byzantine beginnings

III. The High-School Narrative - History as a cultural mirror

IV. Recovering Truth - A never-ending goal

V. Building Knowledge - Standing on the shoulders of giants

VI. Annotated Discoveries - Leo the Mathematician, for example

VII. A Translational Discovery - From Arabic to Greek, surprisingly

VIII. Arrows of Causality - Consequential greatness

IX. Decline - A matter of opinion?

X. Extracting Meaning - Interpreting human experiences

XI. Ever-Moving Targets - Arab-Greek bilingualism and its implications


About Ideas Roadshow Conversations: Presented in an accessible, conversational format, Ideas Roadshow books not only explore frontline academic research but also reveal the inspirations and personal journeys behind the research.


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The Conversation
Becoming A Byzantinist
Historical Background
The HighSchool Narrative
Recovering Truth
Building Knowledge
Annotated Discoveries
A Translational Discovery
Arrows of Causality
Extracting Meaning
EverMoving Targets

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