Byzantium: An Introduction to East Roman Civilization by Norman H. Baynes, H.St.L.B. Moss

By Norman H. Baynes, H.St.L.B. Moss

The book of this advent to east Roman civilization has been defined as a huge occasion within the background of Byzantine stories in England. The e-book includes chapters via specialists of foreign attractiveness on all facets of Byzantine tradition, and Professor Baynes's brief advent brilliantly sums up the essence of Byzantium and describes what it gave to the realm. Contents: The heritage of the Byzantine Empire : an overview -- the commercial lifetime of the Byzantine Empire : inhabitants, agriculture, undefined, trade / André M. Andréadès -- Public funds : foreign money, public expenditure, finances, public profit / André M. Andréadès -- The Byzantine church / Henri Grégoire -- Byzantine monasticism / Hippolyte Delehaye -- Byzantine paintings / Charles Diehl -- Byzantine schooling / Georgina Buckler -- Byzantine literature / F.H. Marshall -- The Greek language within the Byzantine interval / R.M. Dawkins -- The emperor and the imperial management / Wilhelm Ensslin -- Byzantium and Islam / A.A. Vasiliev -- The Byzantine inheritance in South-eastern Europe / William Miller -- Byzantium and Slavs / Steven Runciman -- The Byzantine inheritance in Russia / Baron Meyendorff and Norman H. Baynes. Professor Norman Hepburn Baynes (1877-1961) used to be a famous British historian of the Byzantine Empire.

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Asia Minor was recovered after a dangerous insurrection under Thomas the Slav (8 20-3), and his Arab supporters were disappointed of their prize. A fixed frontier-line was established from Armenia to northern Syria, and the relations between the Christian and Muslim Empires came to resemble those which had formerly prevailed between Rome and Persia. Similar tactics and armament were employed on both sides; raids became periodical but produced no decision; mutual understanding and respect were engenderedc 18 THE HISTORY OF THE BYZANTINE EMPIRE conditions which are reflected in the epic of Digenes Akritas (see p.

She, too, had tried to recover the Holy Places, and Antioch, the limit of her success, had remained Byzantine until only a few years before. It was reasonable to suppose that the Western armies would help her, in return for generous subsidies, to regain her essential Anatolian and north Syrian provinces.

A reign of terror ensued, which revealed the real weakness of the Empire. Internal anarchy and bankruptcy threatened the very existence of the central power, while Persian armies, in a series of raiding campaigns, captured Rome's outlying provinces and ravaged even her vital Anatolian possessions. The ruinous heritage of Justinian was now made manifest, and the days of Byzantium were, it seemed, already numbered. V The forces of revival found their leader in Africa, perhaps at this time the most Roman province of the Empire.

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