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Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library #16: The History

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In 1039 Byzantium was the most powerful empire in Europe and the Near East, controlling the Balkans south of the Danube and all of Asia Minor into Armenia and Syria. By 1079 it had become a politically unstable state half the size, menaced by powerful enemies on all sides. The History of Michael Attaleiates is our main source for this astonishing reversal, and offers a gripping narrative of the foreign and civil wars of those years. Attaleiates was a highly placed legal and military official of the empire with first-hand knowledge of the events he describes. He knew many of the emperors and includes an eyewitness account of the battle of Mantzikert (1071), where the Seljuk Turks crushed the Byzantine armies and opened the door for the permanent Turkish conquest of Asia Minor. He also provides vivid narratives of civil unrest and decries the corruption and economic exploitation of his society, looking to the heroes of the Roman Republic for models of nobility.

Michael Attaleiates' History has never before been translated into English. The present translation, based on the most recent critical edition, makes the text accessible through its notes, maps, and glossary of Byzantine terms.

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In 1039 Byzantium was the most powerful empire in Europe and the Near East. By 1079 it was a politically unstable state half the size, menaced by enemies on all sides. The History of Michael Attaleiates is our main source for this astonishing reversal. This translation, based on the most recent critical edition, includes notes, maps, and glossary.

About the Author

Anthony Kaldellis is Professor of Classics at The Ohio State University.Dimitris Krallis is Assistant Professor of Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University.

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780674057999
Author:
Attaleiates, Michael
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Author:
Attaleiataes, Michaael
Author:
Kaldellis, Anthony
Author:
Krallis, Dimitris
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
World History-Greece
Subject:
Greece
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series:
Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library
Series Volume:
16
Publication Date:
20121131
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
Illustrations:
5 maps
Pages:
656
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in

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