This book is a concise narrative of Byzantine history from the time of Constantine the Great (AD 306) to the fall of Constantinople in 1453.
Argues that Byzantium was important in its own right but also served as a bridge between East and West and ancient and modern society. Uses the chronological political history of the empire as a narrative frame. Considers social and economic life and the rich culture of the Byzantine Empire. Integrates visual documents, such as photographs of art, architecture, and implements from daily life. Makes the latest scholarship accessible to a wide audience. Includes a chronological list of emperors, a glossary and maps.
TopTable of Contents List of Figures List of Maps List of Boxes Preface Introduction 1 The Crisis of the Third Century 2 The Revival under Diocletian 3 The Age of Constantine the Great 4 The Fourth Century: Constantius II to Theodosios I 5 The Fifth Century 6 The Age of Justinian 7 The Byzantine "Dark Ages": Late Fourth to Seventh Centuries 8 The Isaurian Dynasty and Iconoclasm 9 Continued Struggle over Ikons 10 The Beginnings of the Macedonian Dynasty 11 The Apogee of Byzantine Power 12 The Komnenoi 13 The Aftermath of the Fourth Crusade 14 The Beginnings of Decline 15 The End of the Empire 16 Byzantium after the Fall of the City Glossary General Bibliography A Selection of Primary Sources in English Translation List of Byzantine Emperors Index