Byzantium, the Roman empire in the eastern Mediterranean, dominated the political and religious face of Europe for over a thousand years. In this introduction, Rowena Loverance traces the history of the empire from the founding of its capital Constantinople in A.D. 330, to its capture by the Ottoman Turks in 1453. Many of the outstanding political and religious events, and the personalities behind them, are reflected in the art of the period. The author draws on the British Museum's extremely rich collections to illustrate the story - including spectacular Byzantine silver, ivories, jewellery and icons, as well as pieces from the empire's neighbours and enemies from Persia, Asia Minor and Western Europe.
A fine history of the Byzantine empire and its art.
|The creation of Byzantium||p. 6|
|The achievements of Justinian||p. 20|
|Persians and other barbarians||p. 34|
|Islam and iconoclasm||p. 44|
|The recovery of nerve||p. 50|
|The revenge of the West||p. 60|
|The last flowering||p. 76|
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Series: Introductory Guides
Number Of Pages: 96
Published: 1st August 2004
Publisher: British Museum Press
Dimensions (cm): 24.5 x 18.9 x 0.9
Weight (kg): 0.336