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« on: March 28, 2005, 09:23:36 PM »

Can anyone suggest a good, comprehensive, and complete book on the history of Byzantium at a reasonable price? Thanks for your time!

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« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2005, 10:35:42 PM »

Well, the most comprehensive I've read is John Julius Norwich's 3-Volume set "Byzantium," which includes Volume 1, "The Early Centuries," Volume 2, "The Apogee," and Volume 3, "The Decline and Fall."  It never got boring, he was able to keep a sense of life to the story, and he attempted to combat the negative stereotypes placed upon the Roman Empire by Western historians.

Now, if you're not up for a 3-Volume epic yet, try the condensed version of the set called "A Short History of Byzantium," again by John Julius Norwich.  I haven't read the condensed volume, but if it's anything like the full set it will be great.
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« Reply #2 on: March 29, 2005, 03:58:21 AM »

Troy,

I have the Short History of Byzantium cleveland mentioned and it is definitely worth reading - I certainly wasn't up for the three volume version. For a start it was just too expensive.

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« Reply #3 on: March 30, 2005, 07:39:45 PM »

I enjoyed A History of the Byzantine State and Society by Warren Treadgold, which Amazon.com has for $26.37 (you can get it shipped for free). It covers Byzantine/Roman history from the 3rd to the 15th century. I especially enjoyed it for three reasons: 1) it didn't go on ad nauseum about every single war and political intrique; 2) it spoke not just of the empire, but also of the "little people" (for lack of a better term) who lived in that empire; and 3) it seems to be written from a farily orthodox viewpoint; or, leastwise, the author is very sympathetic to orthodox belief (for another fairly orthodox--but not Orthodox--byzantine historian, I'd suggest Glanville Downey).
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« Reply #4 on: March 30, 2005, 08:16:16 PM »

Thank you all for your help. I'm going to try to get the three volume set off ebay.com or half.com. I'm a history junkie and all the "ad nauseum" gets me excited Smiley
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