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Constantine the Emperor
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Constantine the Emperor

By Potter, David

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. No Roman emperor had a greater impact on the modern world than did Constantine. The reason is not simply that he converted to Christianity, but that he did so in a way that brought his subjects along after him. Indeed, this major new biography argues that Constantine's conversion is but one feature of a unique administrative style that enabled him to take control of an empire beset by internal rebellions and external threats by Persians and Goths. The vast record of Constantine's administration reveals a government careful in its exercise of power but capable of ruthless, even savage, actions. Constantine executed (or drove to suicide) his father-in-law, two brothers-in-law, his eldest son, and his once beloved wife. An unparalleled general throughout his life, planning a major assault on the Sassanian Empire in Persia even on his deathbed. Alongside the visionary who believed that his success came from the direct intervention of his God resided an aggressive warrior, a sometimes cruel partner, and an immensely shrewd ruler. These characteristics combined together in a long and remarkable career, which restored the Roman Empire to its former glory. Beginning with his first biographer Eusebius, Constantine's image has been subject to distortion. .... the most comprehensive, authoritative, and readable account of Constantine's extraordinary life. 368p. illus. bibliography index. Softcover. As New.

$17.50

Byzantine Painting : Historical and Critical Study (Great Centuries of Painting Series)

By Grabar, Andre

New York: Skira, 1953. Large format book on Byzantine art with lovely tipped in illustrations. 203p.plates (col) bibliography. (name of previous owner on ffep, else near fine). 1st.US Edition. Hard Cover. Very Good/No Jacket.

$75.00

Women in Purple : Rulers of Medieval Byzantium
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Women in Purple : Rulers of Medieval Byzantium

By Herrin, Judith

London: Phoenix Press, 2002. "Across four generations the Empresses Irene, Euphrosyne and Theodora wielded imperial sovreignty with consummate ruthlessness and skill over the vast empire of Byzantium in the eighth and ninth centuries.Their legacy was to restore the veneration of icons and, in doing so, ensure Byzantium's influence for centuries to come" 304p, plates (col) bibliography.index. Reprint. Soft Cover. Near Fine.

$15.00

Selected Essays

By Bury, J. B.[John Bagnell]

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1930. Edited by Harold Temperley this is a postumous collection of essays by the distinguished classical scholar John Bagnell Bury, formerly Professor at Trinity College Dublin and later at Cambridge University. This volume includes the transcript of his inaugural address at Cambridge on "The Science of History" in which he famously defined the role of an historian thus : "I may remind you that history is not a branch of literature. The facts of history, like the facts of geology or astronomy, can supply material for literary art; for manifest reasons they lend themselves to artistic representation far more readily than those of the natural sciences; but to clothe the story of human society in a literary dress is no more the part of a historian as a historian, than it is the part of an astronomer as an astronomer to present in an artistic shape the story of the stars." The essays range in topic from Greek through Roman and Byzantine periods. 249p. frontis. Some slight wear to covers. Bookplate of previous owner bookseller ticket inside front cover.. 1st UK Edition. Hardcover. Very Good/No Jacket.

$65.00

A History of the Crusades - Volume I : The First Crusade and the Foundation of the Kingdom of Jerusalem

By Runciman,Steven

Cambridge: Cambridge U.P., 1953. VOLUME ONE ONLY "This volume, the first of three, paints the Middle Eastern background from the Christianization of the Roman Empire; the bulk of the book is a narrative of events from the Council of Clermont to the day when the able, unscrupulous Baldwin rode down from Edessa to Jerusalem to become the King of the new state." 377p. plates bibliography.index (first published 1951) sPINE SLIGHT;Y FADED, NAAAE OF PREVIUS OWNER ON FFEP sPINE SLIGHTLY FADED. Reprint. Hard Cover. Very Good.

$20.00

Women in Purple : Rulers of Medieval Byzantium
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Women in Purple : Rulers of Medieval Byzantium

By Herrin, Judith

London: Phoenix Press, 2002. "Across four generations the Empresses Irene, Euphrosyne and Theodora wielded imperial sovreignty with consummate ruthlessness and skill over the vast empire of Byzantium in the eighth and ninth centuries.Their legacy was to restore the veneration of icons and, in doing so, ensure Byzantium's influence for centuries to come" 304p, plates (col) bibliography.index. Reprint. Soft Cover. Near Fine.

$15.00

To Syngraphikon Ergon tou Oikomenikou Patriarchou Kallistou A'

By Gones, Demetrios V

Athenai: Ethnikon kai Kapodistriakon Panepistemion Athenon, Theologike Schole 1979, 1980. Thesis submitted to the Theological school st the University of Athens. Contents:Vioi hagion, Homiliai, Euchai. Apolesthenta, amphivallomena kai kakos apodothenta kai apodidomena eis ton Kalliston erga.377p. [32] leaves of plates : facsimiles, biblioghraphy, index [WorldCat lists only 4 copies in the USA]. First Thus. Softcover. Near Fine.

$60.00

A Short History of Byzantium
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A Short History of Byzantium

By Norwich, John Julius

London: Penguin, 1997. "With wit, intelligence and an unerring eye for riveting detail, the author tells the dramatic history of Byzantium from its beginnings in AD 330 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. A spirited, gripping, and original acount of one of the greatestt lost civilizations and its magnificent cultural heritage. " 431p. plates.bibliography, table. index. . Softcover. Near Fine.

$12.50

From the Holy Mountain : A Journey in the Shadow of Byzantium.
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From the Holy Mountain : A Journey in the Shadow of Byzantium.

By Dalrymple, William

London: Flamingo, 1997. In 587 AD, two monks set off on an extraordinary journey that would take them in an arc across the entire Byzantine world, from the shores of the Bosphorus to the sand dunes of Egypt. On the way John Moschos and his pupil Sophronius the Sophist stayed in caves, monasteries, and remote hermitages, collecting the wisdom of the stylites and the desert fathers before their fragile world finally shattered under the great eruption of Islam. More than a thousand years later, using Moschos's writings as his guide, William Dalrymple sets off to retrace their footsteps and composes "an evensong for a dying civilization" --"Kirkus Reviews," 483p. plates (some col) maps on endpapers. bibliography.index. Reprint. Soft Cover. Near Fine.

$10.00

1071 : Strategikes Ettes & Syrriknose Tou Ellenismou

By Demos, Nikolaos

Athens: Infognomon Ekdoseis, 2015. The book refers to four strategic defeats that not only squeezed Hellenism and marred the Greek psyche, psychology and our culture today. These military defeats brought about the geographical, economic and political decline of Hellenism, frustration, alienation, decay, the retreat, the submissive mentality and ultimately enslavement as a nation. .... the interpretation of historical events associated with the need for change and exceeded both the political and the current situation of the country and the social structures of worn political parties and the general state apparatus dissolved, which as a result has the military weakening of the country and the destruction of culture. Tthe study of the book is a guide for moral and national uplift of Hellenism. 472p. maps bibliography [WorldCat lists NO copies in the USA]. 2nd Edition. French Wraps. New Book from Greece.

$42.00

Logoi Kai Omilies

By Philotheos Kokkinos, Patriarch of Constantinople, 1300-1379

Thessaloniki: Aristoteleio Panepistimio Thessalonikes, 1979. Philotheos Kokkinos (Thessaloniki c. 1300 - Constantinople 1379) was the Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople. This is volume 3 of his collected works, edited & translated by Vasileios S Pseutonkas Issued in the series "Thessalonikeis Vyzantinoi syngrapheis" 312p.Includes bibliographical references (p. [7]-9) and indexes. (Usual marks of library ownership] . Reissue. Orginal Wraps. Very Good. Illus. by Editor Vasileios S Pseutonkas. Ex-Library.

$45.00

Palamika

By Mantzarides, Georgios I

Thessalonike: Ekdoseis P. Pournara, 1973. Biography of St Gregory Palamas, Archbishop of Thessaloniki [c.1295-1359] 312p.. 1st Greek Edition. Hardcover. Fine.

$50.00

He Agnose Plevra Toy Byzantinou : Historika Paradoxa

By Gryntakis, Ioannis; Dalkos, Georgios; Cho, Angelos & Chortis, Hektoras

Athens: Metaichmio, 2104. The unknown side of Byzantium: Historic paradoxes. 272ptory - 324-1453 . 1st Greek Edition. French Wraps. New Book from Greece.

$35.00

Oi Byzantinoi

By Cameron, Avril

Athens: Ekdoseis Psychogios, 2009. Winner of the 2006 John D. Criticos Prize This book introduces the reader to the complex history, ethnicity, and identity of the Byzantines. This volume brings Byzantium -- often misconstrued as a vanished successor to the classical world -- to the forefront of European history Deconstructs stereotypes surrounding Byzantium . Translation by George Tzimas.Winner of the Criticos Prize 2006. 1st Greek Edition. French Wraps. New Book from Greece.

$50.00

Byzantiou Gevsis : He Kouzinis Tis Autrokratorias Cuisine

By Dalby, Andrew

Athens: Pataki, 2015. Translation into Greek of "Tastes of Byzantium" by Despoina Lampada . For centuries the food and culinary delights of the Byzantine empire -- centred on Constantinople -- have captivated the west, although it appeared that very little information had been passed down to us. Andrew Dalby's Tastes of Byzantium now reveals in astonishing detail, for the first time, what was eaten in the court of the Eastern Roman Empire -- and how it was cooked. Fusing the spices of the Romans with the seafood and simple local food of the Aegean and Greek world, the cuisine of the Byzantines was unique and a precursor to much of the food of modern Turkey and Greece. Bringing this vanished cuisine to life in vivid and sensual detail, Dalby describes the sights and smells of Constantinople and its marketplaces, relates travellers' tales and paints a comprehensive picture of the recipes and customs of the empire and their relationship to health and the seasons, love and medicine. For food-lovers and historians alike, Tastes of Byzantium is both essential and riveting -- an extraordinary illumination of everyday life in the Byzantine world." 335p. bibliography. index. 1st Greek Edition. French Wraps. New Book from Greece. Illus. by Translated by Despoina Lampada.

$35.00

Konstantinoupoli

By Koitides Ellenismou

Athens: Kathimerini Publications, 2011. Cradle of Hellenism 1 - A series of books illustrating significant places in the Hellenic world .112p. illus bibliography . 1st Greek Ed. Softcover. New.

$15.00

Oi Byzantinoi

By Cameron, Averil

Athens: Ekdoseis Psychogios, 2009. Translation of a major work on Byzantine history. [Criticos Prize 2006.] Preface: Elias Giareni. 405p, bibliography, index . 1st Greek Edition. New Book from Greece.

$50.00

Secret History

By Procopius

London: Folio Society, 1990. "In this "history without scruple" one of Justinian's courtiers tells the behind-the-scenes story of the Emperor,his consort Theodora, and their Byzantine world of the sixth century AD.It is written with all the passion of a revolted conscience - and with a good deal of personal malice.There has never been a more calculated attempt to discredit an entire reign in the eyes of posterity." This is reprint (1991) of the 1990 Folio Society publocation, using the translation first published in a Penguin edition in 1966, and with an added introduction by Philip Zeigler. 151p. plates. appendices.index. In original slip case. Re-issue. Printed Hardcover. Fine. Illus. by Trans. G.A.Williamson. Boxed.

$35.00

A Short History of Byzantium
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A Short History of Byzantium

By Norwich, John Julius

London: Penguin, 1997. "With wit, intelligence and an unerring eye for riveting detail, the author tells the dramatic history of Byzantium from its beginnings in AD 330 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. A spirited, gripping, and original acount of one of the greatestt lost civilizations and its magnificent cultural heritage. " 431p. plates.bibliography, table. index. . Softcover. Near Fine.

$12.50

Byzantine Art and Architecture: An Introduction
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Byzantine Art and Architecture: An Introduction

By Rodley, Lyn

Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996. The Byzantine empire began with the transformation of the Roman empire initiated by the official acceptance of Christianity and the establishment of Constantinople as the capital city. It ended with the fall of that city to the Ottoman Turks in 1453. The art and architecture of the empire reflects its changing fortunes, the development of Christianity, and the cultural influences that affected it. This book offers a systematic introduction to the material culture of the Byzantine empire, from the fourth to the fourteenth centuries. It provides for the student or any other interested reader a compendium of material which is generally difficult to access: much of the writing on Byzantine art and architecture is not in English, and is published as articles in scholarly journals. The book sets out the subject in an accessible manner, describing and discussing by period the surviving material - and that which can be reconstructed from documentary sources - and exploring its social/historical context. The text is copiously illustrated by well over 400 halftones, plans and maps.. Softcover. Very Good.

$45.00

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