Published to coincide with a major exhibition on Byzantium at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in the spring of 1997, Byzantium tells the dramatic story of Byzantium, from its beginnings in A.D. 330, providing readers with a spirited, gripping, and original account of a great lost civilization and its magnificent artistic heritage. 24 pp. of illustrations, 8 pp. in full color. Size C. 432 pp. 20,000 print.
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The Byzantine Empire, one of its most eminent students reminds us, lasted "for a total of 1,123 years and 18 days," which is an astonishing duration matched by only a few others. Condensing Norwich's three-volume history, this overview captures the splendor and strangeness of Byzantine rule, marked by family intrigues, constant warfare, political and religious strife, and personal ambition--a "somewhat lurid background," as Norwich modestly declares in passing. Norwich is a master of the telling vignette. In one, he writes of imperial guards made up of "Anglo-Saxons who had left their country in disgust after Hastings and had taken service with Byzantium." Facing a Norman enemy in southern Italy, these Anglo-Saxons exacted terrible vengeance until the Normans rallied under the leadership of a fearless woman, one Sichelgaita, and massacred their enemy. Norwich's book abounds in similarly surprising and absorbing episodes.From AudioFile:
How far away is Byzantium? For us in the West, at its closest, it is a memory, a dream away. Yet the fact remains that when the people of the West were still hacking away at trees in our darkest of ages, the East was creating fine art and literature. Norwich's history follows 88 men and women--a few terrible, a few treacherous, some great, but all fascinating-through the 1,100 years of their rule before the final collapse in 1453 under the Ottoman sword. McDonough's reading resonates with the bardic rhythms of their ancient story. His pace is slow, at times triumphant, occasionally ironic, but ultimately tragic and uplifting, expressing the great human drama he is unfolding. His reading reminds us ultimately that Byzantium is not that far away at all, but sits quietly latent in the more mystical depths of each of us. P.E.F. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine
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Descrizione libro Mar 04, 1997. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria II-G2T2-0PO7
Descrizione libro Alfred A. Knopf, New York, 1997. Hard Cover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. Codice libro della libreria 19673
Descrizione libro Alfred A. Knopf, 1997. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Condizione sovraccoperta: New. 1st Edition. At a moment when the splendors of Byzantine art are being rediscovered and celebrated in America, John Julius Norwich has brought together in this remarkable edition the most important and fascinating events of his dazzling trilogy of the rise and fall of the Byzantine Empire. With wit, intelligence, and an unerring eye for riveting detail, Lord Norwich tells the dramatic history of Byzantinum from its beginnings in AD330 when Constantine the Great moved the imperial capital from Rome to the site of an old Greek port in Asia Minor called Byzantium and renamed it Constantinople, to its rise as the first and most long-lasting Christian empire, to its final heroic days and eventual defeat by the Turks in 1453. It was a history marked by tremendous change and drama: the adoption of Christianity by the Greco-Roman world; the fall of Rome and its empire; the defeat by the Seljuk Turks at Manzikert in 1071; the reigns of Constantine, Theodosius the Great, Justinian, and Basil II. There were centuries of bloodshed in which the empire struggled for its life; centuries of controversy in which men argued about the nature of Christ and the Church; centuries of scholarship in which ancient culture was kept alive and preserved by scribes; and, most of all, centuries of creativity in which the Byzantine genius brought forth art and architecture inspired by a depth of spirituality unparalleled in any other age. After more than fourteen centuries, the ever-dazzling brilliance of the mosaics of Ravenna and the ethereal splendor of the great church of St. Sophia in Istanbul, still have the power to take one's breath away. A spirited, gripping, and original account of one of the greatest lost civilizations and its magnificent cultural heritage. Codice libro della libreria 000268
Descrizione libro Knopf, 1997. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Hardcover and dust jacket. Fine binding and cover. Clean, unmarked pages. Ships daily. Codice libro della libreria 81251908
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