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Rome in the East

Rome in the East Author Warwick Ball
ISBN-10 9781317296348
Release 2016-06-10
Pages 594
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This new edition of Rome in the East expands on the seminal work of the first edition, and examines the lasting impact of the near Eastern influence on Rome on our understanding of the development of European culture. Warwick Ball explores modern issues as well as ancient, and overturns conventional ideas about the spread of European culture to the East. This volume includes analysis of Roman archaeological and architectural remains in the East, as well as links to the Roman Empire as far afield as Iran, Central Asia, India, and China. The Near Eastern client kingdoms under Roman rule are examined in turn and each are shown to have affected Roman, and ultimately European, history in different but very fundamental ways. The highly visible presence of Rome in the East – mainly the architectural remains, some among the greatest monumental buildings in the Roman world – are examined from a Near Eastern perspective and demonstrated to be as much, if not more, a product of the Near East than of Rome. Warwick Ball presents the story of Rome in the light of Rome’s fascination with the Near East, generating new insights into the nature and character of Roman civilisation, and European identity from Rome to the present. Near Eastern influence can be seen to have transformed Roman Europe, with perhaps the most significant change being the spread of Christianity. This new edition is updated with the latest research and findings from a range of sources including field work in the region and new studies and views that have emerged since the first edition. Over 200 images, most of them taken by the author, demonstrate the grandeur of Rome in the East. This volume is an invaluable resource to students of the history of Rome and Europe, as well as those studying the Ancient Near East.

                                         Author Steven Runciman
ISBN-10 9786180311815
Release 2017-06-19
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Το κλασικό έργο Βυζαντινός Πολιτισµός (1933) του Steven Runciman, ενός από τους σηµαντικότερους βυζαντινολόγους του 20ού αιώνα, είναι ένα πλήρες αν και συνοπτικό πανόραµα της Βυζαντινής Ιστορίας, από την ίδρυση της Κωνσταντινούπολης τον 4ο αιώνα έως την άλωσή της από τους Οθωµανούς το 1453. Επί αιώνες οι ιστορικοί της ∆ύσης αντιµετώπιζαν τον βυζαντινό πολιτισµό ως κατώτερο από τον αρχαίο ελληνικό και τον ρωµαϊκό, αλλά και από µεταγενέστερους πολιτισµούς της δυτικής Ευρώπης. Ο Steven Runciman ήταν από τους πρώτους που αµφισβήτησαν αυτή την άποψη, αναδεικνύοντας όχι µόνον τον ιδιαίτερο χαρακτήρα της Βυζαντινής Αυτοκρατορίας αλλά και τα επιτεύγµατά της σε ποικίλα πεδία. Στο βιβλίο αυτό, µε διεισδυτικότητα και µε κριτικό πνεύµα, ο συγγραφέας προσεγγίζει θέµατα όπως η κρατική δοµή και η διοίκηση στο Βυζάντιο, ο ρόλος της θρησκείας και της Εκκλησίας, ο στρατός και η διπλωµατία, η οικονοµική και κοινωνική ζωή, η εκπαίδευση, η λογοτεχνία και οι καλές τέχνες, οι σχέσεις της Βυζαντινής Αυτοκρατορίας µε άλλους λαούς αλλά και µε το Ισλάµ και τη ∆ύση.

Die Oracula Sibyllina

Die Oracula Sibyllina Author
ISBN-10 3110299097
Release 2016
Pages 295
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Die Oracula Sibyllina has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Die Oracula Sibyllina also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Die Oracula Sibyllina book for free.

Antiochikos or XI

Antiochikos  or  XI Author Libanius
ISBN-10 OCLC:632990805
Release 1992
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Antiochikos or XI has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Antiochikos or XI also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Antiochikos or XI book for free.

Rome s Eastern Trade

Rome s Eastern Trade Author Gary K. Young
ISBN-10 9781134547937
Release 2003-10-04
Pages 320
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The spectacular ruins of such places as Palmyra and Petra bear witness to the wealth and power which could be derived from the silks, spices and incense of the east. Such goods were highly prized in the Roman Empire, and merchants were ready to face the perils of deserts, oceans, warfare and piracy to meet the demand for their wares. But exactly how did the trade in luxury goods operate, and to whose benefit? Gary K. Young's study offers unprecedented coverage of the major trading regions of Egypt, Arabia, Palmyra, and Syria, with detailed analysis of the routes used and of the roles of all the participants. He looks closely at the influence of the commerce in eastern goods both on the policy of the Roman imperial government, and upon local communities in the East itself. His findings contradict the standard view that the imperial government had a strong political interest in the eastern trade; rather its primary concern was the tax income the trade brought in. He also demonstrates the need for greater recognition of the efforts made by local authorities to exploit the trade to their own advantage. Incorporating the considerable archaeological research that has been undertaken in recent years, this comprehensive survey provides fresh insight into an important aspect of the eastern Roman Empire.

The Roman Eastern Frontier and the Persian Wars Ad 363 628

The Roman Eastern Frontier and the Persian Wars Ad 363 628 Author Geoffrey Greatrex
ISBN-10 9780415465304
Release 2007-12-01
Pages 408
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Late Antiquity was an eventful period on the eastern frontier of the Roman Empire, with the Romans and Persians engaged in almost constant conflict. This book provides translations of key texts on relations between the opposing sides.

La vie d tienne le Jeune par tienne le Diacre

La vie d   tienne le Jeune par   tienne le Diacre Author Stephen (the Deacon)
ISBN-10 UOM:39015040532379
Release 1997
Pages 357
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The Life of Stephen the Younger is one of the rare sources for Byzantium in the 'Dark Ages' and one of the key witnesses to the history of Iconoclasm. This book presents a new edition of the text, together with a French translation and commentary, and an important introduction. Stephen was a hermit, killed in 765 at the order of the emperor Constantine V; his Life was written in 809, some forty years after the 7th Ecumenical Council, Nicaea II, at which Orthodoxy was affirmed. Professor Auzépy shows how the Life reflects the politics of the era, both those of the patriarchate on which the author depended, and of the female monastery near which Stephen had lived, and transforms the probable victim of a failed political plot into a Christ-like figure martyred by a diabolic emperor.La Vie d'Etienne le Jeune est une des rares sources sur l'histoire de Byzance durant le Haut Moyen-Age et un témoignage majeur de la querelle iconoclaste. Cet ouvrage, comprenant une importante introduction, présente une nouvelle édition du texte, accompagnée d'une traduction française annotée. Etienne est un ermite qui fut assassiné en 765 sur l'ordre de l'empereur Constantin V. Sa Vie fut écrite en 809, une quarantaine d'années après le septième concile Åcuménique de Nicée II, au cours duquel fut affirmé l'Orthodoxie. Le professeur Auzépy démontre comment la Vie reflète les enjeux politiques de cette époque, ceux du patriarcat dont l'auteur dépendait comme ceux du monastère de femmes auprès duquel Etienne a vécu, et comment la Vie transforme son héros, probablement mis à mort dans le cadre d'un complot, en une figure de saint moine martyrisé par un empereur diabolique.Winner of the Prix Charles Diehl de l'Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres 1999.

From Rome to Byzantium AD 363 to 565 The Transformation of Ancient Rome

From Rome to Byzantium AD 363 to 565  The Transformation of Ancient Rome Author A. D. Lee
ISBN-10 9780748631759
Release 2013-01-15
Pages 360
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Between the deaths of the Emperors Julian (363) and Justinian (565), the Roman Empire underwent momentous changes. Most obviously, control of the west was lost to barbarian groups during the fifth century, and although parts were recovered by Justinian, the empire's centre of gravity shifted irrevocably to the east, with its focal point now the city of Constantinople. Equally important was the increasing dominance of Christianity not only in religious life, but also in politics, society and culture. Doug Lee charts these and other significant developments which contributed to the transformation of ancient Rome and its empire into Byzantium and the early medieval west. By emphasising the resilience of the east during late antiquity and the continuing vitality of urban life and the economy, this volume offers an alternative perspective to the traditional paradigm of decline and fall.

Sultans of Rome

Sultans of Rome Author Warwick Ball
ISBN-10 156656848X
Release 2012-09-01
Pages 184
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It has become conventional to think of the Turkish capture of Constantinople in 1453 as an Asiatic conquest. The Turks originated in Asiait is truebut Constantinople was conquered from the west not the east: the Ottomans became a European power before they became a Middle Eastern one and remained a primarily European power. Indeed, the Middle East and even most of Anatolia itself was conquered from Europe. This demonstrates that it was no sudden rush of semi-civilized horse-riding nomads from the steppe, but the culmination of complex movements that had seen Turkish dynasties establish glittering monuments and cities throughout Asia. And when Turks first entered Anatolia in the 11th century, it was a Byzantine Emperor who made a relatively minor Turkish prince the first Sultan in the land that would come to be known as Turkeya prince, furthermore, who called himself not Sultan of Turkey, but Sultan of Rome! Few people, therefore, combine so thoroughly the legacies of Europe and Asia, East and West, the civilizations of Greece and Rome with that of Islam, the Near East and beyond. Few have bridged so many civilizations; have brought so many cultural strands together. Their story is as much our history as well as theirs and others

Eusebius of Emesa

Eusebius of Emesa Author Robert E. Winn
ISBN-10 9780813218762
Release 2011-10-24
Pages 277
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Through a careful examination of his extant sermons, some of which survive in Latin and others in classical Armenian, this book invites readers to hear a bishop's voice from the mid- fourth century, an important period in late antique Christianity

The Roman Empire at Bay AD 180 395

The Roman Empire at Bay  AD 180   395 Author David S. Potter
ISBN-10 9781134694846
Release 2014-01-03
Pages 792
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The Roman Empire at Bay is the only one volume history of the critical years 180-395 AD, which saw the transformation of the Roman Empire from a unitary state centred on Rome, into a new polity with two capitals and a new religion—Christianity. The book integrates social and intellectual history into the narrative, looking to explore the relationship between contingent events and deeper structure. It also covers an amazingly dramatic narrative from the civil wars after the death of Commodus through the conversion of Constantine to the arrival of the Goths in the Roman Empire, setting in motion the final collapse of the western empire. The new edition takes account of important new scholarship in questions of Roman identity, on economy and society as well as work on the age of Constantine, which has advanced significantly in the last decade, while recent archaeological and art historical work is more fully drawn into the narrative. At its core, the central question that drives The Roman Empire at Bay remains, what did it mean to be a Roman and how did that meaning change as the empire changed? Updated for a new generation of students, this book remains a crucial tool in the study of this period.

City Government in Hellenistic and Roman Asia Minor

City Government in Hellenistic and Roman Asia Minor Author Sviatoslav Dmitriev
ISBN-10 0195346904
Release 2005-02-17
Pages 448
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City Government in Hellenistic and Roman Asia Minor examines the social and administrative transformation of Greek society within the early Roman empire, assessing the extent to which the numerous changes in Greek cities during the imperial period ought to be attributed to Roman influence. The topic is crucial to our understanding of the foundations of Roman imperial power because Greek speakers comprised the empire's second largest population group and played a vital role in its administration, culture, and social life. This book elucidates the transformation of Greek society in this period from a local point of view, mostly through the study of local sources such as inscriptions and coins. By providing information on public activities, education, family connections, and individual careers, it shows the extent of and geographical variation in Greek provincial reaction to the changes accompanying the establishment of Roman rule. In general, new local administrative and social developments during the period were most heavily influenced by traditional pre-Roman practices, while innovations were few and of limited importance. Concentrating on the province of Asia, one of the most urbanized Greek-speaking provinces of Rome, this work demonstrates that Greek local administration remained diverse under the Romans, while at the same time local Greek nobility gradually merged with the Roman ruling class into one imperial elite. This conclusion interprets the interference of Roman authorities in local administration as a form of interaction between different segments of the imperial elite, rejecting the old explanation of such interference as a display of Roman control over subjects.

Following Hadrian

Following Hadrian Author Elizabeth Speller
ISBN-10 9780199883158
Release 2003-05-22
Pages 361
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One of the greatest--and most enigmatic--Roman emperors, Hadrian stabilized the imperial borders, established peace throughout the empire, patronized the arts, and built an architectural legacy that lasts to this day: the great villa at Tivoli, the domed wonder of the Pantheon, and the eponymous wall that stretches across Britain. Yet the story of his reign is also a tale of intrigue, domestic discord, and murder. In Following Hadrian, Elizabeth Speller captures the fascinating life of Hadrian, ruler of the most powerful empire on earth at the peak of its glory. Speller displays a superb gift for narrative as she traces the intrigue of Hadrian's rise: his calculated marriage to Emperor Trajan's closest female relative, a woman he privately tormented; Trajan's suspicious deathbed adoption of Hadrian as his heir, a stroke some thought to be a post-mortem forgery; and the ensuing slaughter of potential rivals by an ally of Hadrian's. Speller makes brilliant use of her sources, vividly depicting Hadrian's bouts of melancholy, his intellectual passions, his love for a beautiful boy (whose death sent him into a spiral), and the paradox of his general policies of peace and religious tolerance even as he conducted a bitter, three-year war with Judea. Most important, the author captures the emperor as both a builder and an inveterate traveler, guiding readers on a grand tour of the Roman Empire at the moment of its greatest extent and accomplishment, from the barren, windswept frontiers of Britain to the teeming streets of Antioch, from the dangers of the German forest to the urban splendor of Rome itself.

The Roman Empire in Context

The Roman Empire in Context Author Johann P. Arnason
ISBN-10 9781444390209
Release 2010-12-23
Pages 432
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Through a series of original essays by leading international scholars, The Roman Empire in Context: Historical and Comparative Perspectives offers a comparative historical analysis of the Roman empire’s role and achievement and, more broadly, establishes Rome’s significance within comparative studies. Fills a gap in comparative historical analysis of the Roman empire’s role and achievement Features contributions from more than a dozen distinguished scholars from around the world Explores the relevance of important comparativist themes of state, empire, and civilization to ancient Rome

The Transformation of the Roman World AD 400 900

The Transformation of the Roman World AD 400 900 Author Leslie Webster
ISBN-10 0520210603
Release 1997
Pages 258
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The fall of the Roman Empire and the beginning of what we call the Middle Ages was a period of tremendous change and upheaval in Europe and Byzantium. Focusing on these pivotal five centuries in European history, this wide-ranging study features essays by an international team of distinguished scholars. Their essays survey the most significant aspects of the transition from late Antiquity to the early Middle Ages: the later Roman empire, the barbarian successor states, estates and property, wealth and treasure, production and distribution, death and burial rites, cult and worship, and the transmission of ideas. The essays are accompanied by six shorter chapters based on related exhibitions in museums throughout Europe during 1997, with themes ranging from Roman villas to Scandinavian gold brooches, Byzantine burial practices to medieval Dutch hoards. Handsomely illustrated in both color and black and white, the book also contains a helpful glossary and gazetteer of principal place names.

Towards One World

Towards One World Author Warwick Ball
ISBN-10 1566568226
Release 2010-09-01
Pages 224
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The 2nd volume in a series that examines the spread of cultures from the East into Europe. The Persian Empire was the first major eastern power to actually extend its borders into Europe. The Persians came in the 6th century BC as a great power seeking to incorporate parts of southeastern Europe as provinces into a centrally ruled and administered empire. While Persia's foothold in Europe was tiny, distant, and brief, and the contact is usually viewed in terms of conflict--the Greco-Persian wars, the conquests of Alexander, the numerous wars between Rome and Iran--Europe's interaction with ancient Persia was neither short-lived nor conflicting: it was the beginnings of a complex relationship between East and West that continues to this day. This book explores that relationship in detail.

                   Author Chigozie Obioma
ISBN-10 9786180303841
Release 2015-10-21
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Σε μια μικρή πόλη της δυτικής Νιγηρίας τέσσερα νεαρά αδέλφια –ο μικρότερος είναι εννιά και ο μεγαλύτερος δεκαπέντε– εκμεταλλεύονται την απουσία του πατέρα τους από το σπίτι για να πάνε για ψάρεμα στο απαγορευμένο κοντινό ποτάμι. Εκεί θα συναντήσουν έναν επικίνδυνο τρελό που θα προφητεύσει ότι ο μεγαλύτερος αδελφός θα δολοφονηθεί από ένα από τα αδέλφια του. Αυτή η προφητεία θα σταθεί η αφορμή να διαλυθεί ο ισχυρός δεσμός τους και η αφετηρία μιας αλυσίδας τραγικών γεγονότων σχεδόν μυθικών διαστάσεων. Μια ιστορία αγάπης, μίσους και εκδίκησης που διαδραματίζεται με φόντο τις κοινωνικοπολιτικές εξελίξεις στη Νιγηρία της δεκαετίας του ’90. Μια συγκλονιστική αφήγηση με τη φωνή του μικρότερου αδελφού, του Μπέντζαμιν, και εξαιρετική χρήση της γλώσσας. Αναφορές στην αφρικάνικη φύση, στους μύθους και τις δοξασίες της Νιγηρίας, καταγραφή της καθημερινότητας με κύριο άξονα τη σύγκρουση μεταξύ παραδοσιακού και δυτικού τρόπου ζωής, σε ένα έξοχο πρώτο βιβλίο ενός λογοτέχνη που αξιοποιεί με μοντέρνο τρόπο την αφρικάνικη αφηγηματική παράδοση και φαίνεται να έχει μακρά καριέρα μπροστά του.