Constantinople: Capital of Byzantium

Constantinople: Capital of Byzantium Jonathan Harris
  • Title: Constantinople: Capital of Byzantium
  • Author: Jonathan Harris
  • ISBN: 9781847251794
  • Page: 284
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Constantinople: Capital of Byzantium Jonathan Harris Constantinople Capital of Byzantium In the early Middle Ages the greatest city in Europe was not Paris London or Berlin but Constantinople capital of Byzantium It was an article of faith that a saintly emperor divinely appointed ha
    In the early Middle Ages, the greatest city in Europe was not Paris, London or Berlin but Constantinople, capital of Byzantium It was an article of faith that a saintly emperor, divinely appointed, had founded Constantinople and that the city was as holy as Rome or Jerusalem The Byzantine emperors assiduously promoted the notion of a spiritual aura around the city Thus,In the early Middle Ages, the greatest city in Europe was not Paris, London or Berlin but Constantinople, capital of Byzantium It was an article of faith that a saintly emperor, divinely appointed, had founded Constantinople and that the city was as holy as Rome or Jerusalem The Byzantine emperors assiduously promoted the notion of a spiritual aura around the city Thus, in 917, the emperor s regent wrote to the khan of the Bulgars warning him not to attack Constantinople He did not threaten the khan with military force, but with the Virgin Mary who, as commander in chief of the city , would not take kindly to any assault It was with legends and beliefs like this that the emperors bolstered their power and wealth, and the myth was central to the success of Constantinople and its empire for over a thousand years Although this is hardly the first history of Byzantium to be published, Jonathan Harris differentiates himself by offering keen insight into the spiritual and mythic dimensions of Constantinople, key elements of the city s history that have neglected until now Constantinople Capital of Byzantine is the first history of this great empire to properly examine the intriguing interaction between the spiritual and the political, the mythical and the actual The result is an accessible and engaging account of a colorful and vital time in human history, and a long overdue look at an awe inspiring city in its heyday.
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      Jonathan Harris

    About Jonathan Harris


    1. Professor of the History of Byzantium.Research interests Byzantine History 900 1460 relations between Byzantium and the west, especially during the Crusades and the Italian Renaissance the Greek diaspora after 1453.


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    1. Gran bel libro E gran bel viaggio nella Costantinopoli bizantina che fu il centro del mondo cristiano per secoli.Diciamo pure che Harris non porta nulla di nuovo, ma redigendo questo saggio agile e ben strutturato fa un operazione di rilievo e per nulla banale mettere insieme l enorme mole documentaria di citazioni, descrizioni, resoconti che nei secoli decine e decine di testimoni hanno scritto su quella che, per tutto il Medioevo, fu semplicemente La Citt come se non servisse nemmeno specifica [...]

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    2. Jonathan Harris has managed to tell in a short way the large history of Constantinople and the Byzantine Empire in general With Constantinople Capital of Byzantium he examines, as he tells us, the intriguing interaction between the spiritual and the political, the mythical and the actual with heyday of the year 1200 as his main reference the peak of the empire If someone wants to read something about this less known empire despite it lasting for 1000 years this book is a good introduction.

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    3. Other reviewers have said it well Constantinople Capital of Byzantium is an eminently readable book about one of the world s most fantastic cities during its prime as the capital of the Roman Empire of the East For those of us who are captivated by Byzantine history, Constantinople is not just the capital it IS Byzantium Here we learn the layout of the city, how the Orthodox clergy interacted with the Emperor, Court and citizens, how the city was managed and citizens fed, the political ramificat [...]

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    4. This book did what I wanted it to do provide me a sense of Byzantine society and culture throughout the wide sweep of Byzantine history Neither the writing nor analysis were brilliant, but some episodes of intrigue were well narrated Worth a read if you want to learn about this subject.I read the second edition.

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    5. Jonathan Harris offers a service to the general reader interested in the history, culture, and mystique of the Byzantine Empire and the Queen of Cities Constantinople Capital of Byzantium is an excellent introduction to Byzantine history taken from the perspective of the history of the city of Constantinople as it would have been in the year 1200 Through most of the book, Harris focuses on how Byzantines living in late twelfth century Constantinople would have seen their own history, looking bac [...]

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    6. Constantinople follows the glamour, mythos, and corruption that was world s premier city Constantinople, capital of the Byzantine Empire The city is treated as the main character of the book and its long tale of continaul deceptions for the Byzantine crown,its mythos as to why the capital lasted for over 1000 years in a vulnerable crossroads, its veneration to the saints, and its final days are lovingly covered Surprisingly, a book on a city with this much history and subsequent history makers i [...]

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    7. This is not your traditional history book Harris effort starts off reading like a tourist guide, or less, guiding the reader through a snapshot of Contstantinople taken in 1200.Gradually, however, he starts jumping back and forth, from the early days of the city to its bitter end, giving a complete picture of how the final version of this great metropolis came to be Mind you, this is not by any means a history of Byzantium it s of a tale of the city, its civilisation, its riches And in that H [...]

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    8. This book provides some interesting tales and glimpses of Constantinople, and is good at describing how superstitions and religion shaped peoples outlooks It doesn t provide a narrative framework, or thesis but is rather a collection of facts and stories I wish it had better maps I like history books where the writer asks and tries to answer questions, and this doesn t do enough of that for me For example, why did imperial politics involve the blinding or exile of competitors, rather than their [...]

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    9. I wouldn t recommend this book for a really in depth look at Byzantine history, but I think it s a fantastic supplement I really appreciated the way that it s arranged by topics, rather than by chronology, and I love that a lot of the myths and ideas and beliefs of the Byzantine people are included I feel like I got a pretty good of a sense of how folks living in Constantinople back then might have seen the world, which I haven t really gotten from any other book on Byzantium I ve read I also re [...]

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    10. I am a huge fan of Byzantine history, but many Byzantine historians, who have done wonderful research, have not quite mastered the art of writing a book that can be enjoyed by the general public Jonathan Harris has managed that feat Constantinople brings out many details about the city that even the most devoted aficionado of this civilization will not know The book is broad in scope, which is my only complaint about it There are times when I would have liked of a street level view of what Cons [...]

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    11. Harris gives an overview of the Byzantine Empire from the perspective of the events around the year 1200, as well as through legends and anecdotes that encapsulate the city s history It is an enjoyable way to get an overview of something as daunting as the history of Constantinople and the Byzantine Empire I might have preferred a few timelines and charts to get a better perspective of the history, but for those who can get buried in the all the details, this book is a good survey of a history [...]

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    12. An interesting review of Constantinople s history it contains illuminating information on the cultural significance of the city Political or historical analysis is not the goal of this work, however, it is sufficiently present to give form to his wider narrative Harris work is well researched and clearly laid out but suffers from geographic confusion, furthered by poor map usage, as well as an under utilization of pictures.

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    13. I m still reading this but thus far, I love his description of the city itself This is a book for the casual Byzantinist, in my opinion, easy to read but with great facts and not dry at all I do wish that he would have gone in depth on some of the rulers He hits some of the great stories of Byzantium but leaves out details that I think would intrigue many lovers of popular history.

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    14. Tells a lot about the Eastern Roman Empire and Eastern Orthodoxy, by way of its capital city Shows how far from the truth the catholic church went, by showing the general history of its capital city A must read for any student of the period Though it purports to be the history of Constantinople of 1200, it gives its whole history Really just an introduction Could have been much longer.

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    15. Quick read Mostly a collection of stories about Byzantine intrigue an interesting topic about which I know very little, but not quite the overarching sweep of history that I really like to read about.

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    16. Good overview of the city and culture.

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    17. Un saggio scorrevole e di solidi contenuti, ideale per aprire la strada a letture pi approfondite sebbene richieda gi una conoscenza di base della storia bizantina.

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    18. I give up It s plenty good as far as non fiction goes, but it just isn t working with my short attention span.

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    19. Amazing this was a fascinating look at Constantinople in the year 1200 It was a great look into the functioning of a late Mediaeval city.

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