Synopses & Reviews
Hippocrene Books now features Illustrated Histories of 30 civilizations, countries, cities and states! Each of the these volumes depicts the entire history of a region or people, from earliest times to the present, including major political and economic developments as well as cultural practices and customs. Fifty handsome black-and-white illustrations, maps, and photographs complement each book. Written in an accessible, engaging style by expert historians, they are ideal for students, inquisitive travelers, and anyone interested in the heritage particular nation or people. Long after Rome tell to the Germanic tribes, its culture lived on in Constantinople, the glittering capital of the Byzantine Empire. For more than a thousand years (A.D. 330-1453) Byzantium was one of the most advanced and complex civilizations the world had ever seen. As the Mediterranean outlet for the Silk Route, its trade networks stretched from Scandinavia to Sri Lanka; its artists created somber icons and brilliant gold mosaics; its scholarship served as a vital cultural bridge between the Muslim East and the Catholic West; and it fostered the Orthodox Christianity that is the faith of millions today. In "Byzantium: An Illustrated History, more than 50 photos and maps show the innovative art that inspired French kings and Arab emirs. It includes a gazetteer of historic Byzantine sites and monuments that travelers can visit today in Greece, Italy, Turkey, and the Middle East. A chronology of Byzantine history and a list of emperors complete this ideal resource for the student, traveler, or generally curious reader.