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History of the Byzantine State (1940)

by George Ostrogorsky

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With clarity and logic, George Ostrogorsky succinctly traces the intricate thousand-year course of the Byzantine Empire. While his emphasis is on political development, he gives extensive consideration to social, esthetic, economic, and ecclesiastical factors as well. He also illuminates the Empire's links with classical antiquity, as well as its effect on contemporaneous and subsequent European and Near Eastern history. The author captures the full sweep, the grandeur, and the tragic course of Byzantium's rise and fall, backed by the scholarship and authority of a lifetime devoted to its study. Long recognized as the basic history of the Byzantine Empire, this masterful work incorporates the results of the vast expansion in Byzantine research in recent years. This edition has been completely retranslated by Professor Joan Hussey from the third German edition. The text and annotation have been expanded by over seventy pages, with more than double the number of illustrations, and additional reference tables and lists.… (more)
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This was the classic text until Warren Treadgold's treatment in the 1990's.The translation was clear and informative, though no great treatment from the point of readability. Referred to quite often during my lifetime, it is the basis of many a specialist's education. ( )
  DinadansFriend | May 20, 2020 |
A hard book to give a rating. It is a scholarly work which begins each chapter with a section on sources and includes discussions of who thinks what and why with regard to many aspects of the history. The book was originally published in 1940, with the third edition revised in 1969. Extensive references are given, many of them esoteric sources (though increasingly accessible in English via the internet). All this makes for slow reading. This book is more for the would-be specialist than the general reader like me. ( )
  patito-de-hule | Dec 19, 2008 |
Et standartværk om Det byzantinske Riges (også kaldet Det østromerske Rige) historie fra det antikke romerriges undergang i slutningen af 400 tallet til Byzans blev erobret af osmannerne 20. maj 1453. ( )
  peterstaugaard | Aug 23, 2007 |
The definitive study of Byzantine politics. ( )
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
George Ostrogorskyprimary authorall editionscalculated
Charanis, PeterForewordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Gouillard, JeanTraductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hussey, Joan M.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Işıltan, FikretTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lemerle, Paulsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leone, PieroTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Diesem Werk liegt die neunte Auflage der "Geschichte des byzantinischen Staates" zugrunde, die einen Band des im Rahmen des "Handbuchs der Altertumswissenschaft" erscheinenden "Byzantinsichen Handbuchs" bildet.
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With clarity and logic, George Ostrogorsky succinctly traces the intricate thousand-year course of the Byzantine Empire. While his emphasis is on political development, he gives extensive consideration to social, esthetic, economic, and ecclesiastical factors as well. He also illuminates the Empire's links with classical antiquity, as well as its effect on contemporaneous and subsequent European and Near Eastern history. The author captures the full sweep, the grandeur, and the tragic course of Byzantium's rise and fall, backed by the scholarship and authority of a lifetime devoted to its study. Long recognized as the basic history of the Byzantine Empire, this masterful work incorporates the results of the vast expansion in Byzantine research in recent years. This edition has been completely retranslated by Professor Joan Hussey from the third German edition. The text and annotation have been expanded by over seventy pages, with more than double the number of illustrations, and additional reference tables and lists.

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