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Fourteen Byzantine Rulers: The Chronographia of Michael Psellus (Penguin… (edition 1979)

by Michael Psellus, E. R. A. Sewter (Translator), E. R. A. Sewter (Introduction)

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This chronicle of the Byzantine Empire, beginning in 1025, shows a profound understanding of the power politics that characterized the empire and led to its decline.
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Title:Fourteen Byzantine Rulers: The Chronographia of Michael Psellus (Penguin Classics)
Authors:Michael Psellus
Other authors:E. R. A. Sewter (Translator), E. R. A. Sewter (Introduction)
Info:Penguin Classics (1979), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 400 pages
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Fourteen Byzantine Rulers: The Chronographia of Michael Psellus (Penguin Classics) by Michael Psellus

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Michael was a bureaucrat who wrote up every emperor he had to do with. Sadly there's only the outlier Comnenian, Isaac Comnenius (r. 1057 - 59) in this collection ably translated by Mr. Sewter. A basic book for the student of the height of the Empire. No maps as it's a Penguin. ( )
  DinadansFriend | Nov 30, 2016 |
An imperfect history of his era by an intelligent and well-informed philosopher and courtier. While it ends in hagiography, the first three-quarters of the book are insightful and illuminating. Psellus is a strong narrator and while his focus is primarily on court life and descriptions of the various emperors, there's enough here to get a lively picture of the time. ( )
  le.vert.galant | Jan 26, 2015 |
Psellus's account of the Byzantine monarchs of his time. Coloured by his prejudices in favour of the court bureaucracy.
  Fledgist | Mar 15, 2011 |
History of emperors from Basil II (976-1025) to Michael VII (1071-8); "Psellus can have few rivals as a vivid narrator of events... No Byzantine was a better craftsman of words."
  languagehat | Dec 23, 2005 |
Psellus writes the lived of Byzantine rulers from the point of view of one while lived near and worked for them. He offers insights into the workings of Byzantine court, where personal live and imperial adminsitration were identical. Excellent original resource for Byzantine or medieval studies. ( )
  AlexTheHunn | Nov 22, 2005 |
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