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Member: cemanuel

CollectionsYour library (1,319), Wishlist (1,114), Currently reading (5), Download (121), To read (267), Research (6), All collections (2,441)

Reviews44 reviews

TagsMedieval History (1,814), Late Antiquity (1,144), Religion (804), Source (799), Christianity (753), Ancient History (586), Ancient Rome (225), Byzantine (173), Anglo-Saxon (125), Philosophy (120) — see all tags

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About meI enjoy ancient and medieval history with an emphasis on Late Antiquity/Early Medieval (300-900 AD).

About my libraryThis is pretty much a listing of my non-fiction books (and the ones I want!). I have some fiction at home but never read it any more. Seems strange - I didn't start reading history until 1996 and now that's all I ever open.

My background, education and career are in agriculture so I've added my textbooks. I haven't added what's in my office, just what I personally own.

My reviews tend to be a little wordy - hopefully folks will bear with me. Generally I feel like reviewing either a book I'm very impressed with or one that sparks one of my pet peeves so sometimes I do go on. And some of those are fairly academic which takes a bit more anyway. Now that I've started a blog, I'll be posting a link to my reviews on there rather than copying and pasting all the text. If you prefer something shorter I've included brief comments on quite a few of the books in my library which you can see if you choose LT Style "B."

For me, the Medieval period begins with Constantine's official recognition of Christianity (as official as a vision the night before a battle can be anyway) and ends with Luther in 1517 and I've used tags accordingly. You'll also notice that I've been anachronistic with my tags. For example, there is no "Ancient England." I've decided with geographic topics to use the name of what the region is known as today for simplicity.

If you're interested in what I've been reading recently, I've tagged these by year since 2010 as "Read 20XX."

GroupsAncient and Medieval Manuscripts, Ancient History, Byzantinistik, History Fans, Medieval Europe, Religion Studies

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Real nameCurt Emanuel

LocationFrankfort, Indiana

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Member sinceSep 9, 2008

Currently readingThe Enneads: Abridged Edition (Penguin Classics) by Plotinus
Law and the Illicit in Medieval Europe (The Middle Ages Series) by Ruth Mazo Karras
Ante-Nicene Fathers Volume 5: Fathers of the Third Century: Hippolytus, Cyprian, Caius, Novatian, Appendix by James & Roberts Donaldson, Alexander
Iamblichus on the Mysteries of the Egyptians, Chaldeans, and Assyrians (Cambridge Library Collection - Spiritualism and Esoteric Knowlege) by Iamblichus
The Cambridge History of Early Christian Literature by Frances Young

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Always a delight--and relief--to see another Byzantine enthusiast. If nothing else, I can tell my wife: "See--it's not just me!" :)
Cemanuel, just seen this:

The Australian Association for Byzantine Studies is pleased to announce the long-awaited publication of the 'Book of Ceremonies', translated by Ann Moffatt and Maxeme Tall and including the corresponding Greek text of the Corpus Scriptorum Historiae Byzantinae (Bonn 1829). This is volume 18 of the Byzantina Australiensia series.

This is the first modern language translation of the entire text of the tenth-century Greek 'Book of Ceremonies' ('De ceremoniis'), a work compiled and edited by the Byzantine emperor Constantine VII (905-959). It preserves material from the fifth century through to the 960s. Chapters deal with diverse subjects of concern to the emperor including the role of the court, secular and ecclesiastical ceremonies, processions within the Palace and through Constantinople to its churches, the imperial tombs, embassies, banquets and dress, the role of the demes, hippodrome festivals with chariot races, imperial appointments, the hierarchy of the Byzantine administration, the equipping of expeditions, including to recover Crete from the Arabs, and the lists of ecclesiastical provinces and bishoprics.

Full details including ordering are at
Thanks, Curt! I definitely do love history and have been following your blog religiously for a few years now. I'm mostly interested in late antiquity/the early medieval West and figured I could get recommendations based on your collection/reviews.

Keep the awesome blog posts coming and have fun at Kalamazoo!

Thank you for the welcome Curt.

Gee, we only have 44 books in common?
I do have the M.C. pages for Justinian as PDF's if you'd like, Cemanuel.
Cemanuel, were you looking for a copy of Constantine Porphyrogenitus' De Ceremoniis? If so, you're in luck - the Australian Association for Byzantine Studies are publishing a translation in the Bizantina Australiensia series some time in the near future (according to their web site). John
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