By John Julius Norwich
'He is brilliant...He writes just like the so much cultivated smooth diplomat hooked up by way of a freak of time to the Byzantine courtroom, with intimate wisdom, tactful judgment and a cognizance of the surviving monuments' - "Independent". during this fascinating narrative background, John Julius Norwich, considered one of such a lot finished well known historians, finds the start of Byzantium. He tells of the 5 formative centuries of an empire that will enthrall the western global for greater than 11 hundred years.
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2 The full - and diabolically complicated - sequence of events that Euscbius, De Vita Constantini, 1, 19. Soon after his retirement, Diocletian received a message from the ever-restless Maximian, encouraging him to resume the purple. Gibbon tells us that 'he rejected the temptation with a smile of pity, calmly observing that, if he could show Maximian the cabbages which he had planted with his own hands at Salona, he should no longer be urged to relinquish the enjoyment of happiness for the pursuit of power'.
The humanity of his subject - the human faces of emperor and priest - and to transmit his own imaginative interest to ourselves . . Lord Norwich has appeared as a silver-tongued Virgil to guide us through Tartarian regions with the amenity and amusement of a luxury tour' - Sunday Times. 'The reader is conveyed in comfort, as it were in a very superior hovercraft, which glides smoothly over all the unevenness of the ground, to the regular, melodious sound of the author's prose' - Sunday Telegraph.
Williamson, 196S Printed in England by Clays Ltd, St Ives pic Filmset in Garamond Except in the United States of America, this book is sold subject to the condition that it shall not, by way of trade or otherwise, be lent, re-sold, hired out, or otherwise circulated without the publisher's prior consent in any form of binding or cover other than that in which it is published and without a similar condition including this condition being imposed on the subsequent purchaser For Moll Contents Maps Acknowledgements Introduction Constantine the Great [to 323] The Adoption of the Faith [323-6] Constantinople [326-37] Julian the Apostate [337-63] The Empire at Bay [363-95] The Fall of Rome [395-410] Of Heresies and Huns [410-53] The Fall of the West [455-93] The Rise of Justinian [493-532] Belisarius [532-40] Totila the Goth [540—49] The Last Years of Justinian [549-65] The Downward Drift [565-610] The First Crusader [610-641] The Heraclian Line [641-85] The Emperor who Lost his Nose [685-71 The First Iconoclasts [711-75] Irene [775-802] Byzantine Monuments Surviving in Istanbul List of Emperors Bibliography Maps Acknowledgements My heartfelt thanks are due to Mollie Philipps, for all her hard work on the illustrations; and to Kim Erkan for her invaluable help in Istanbul.
Byzantium, Volume 1: The Early Centuries by John Julius Norwich