A Short History of Constantinople (Illustrated)

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It was also a city of critical strategic importance, coveted at different periods by Russia, Germany, Bulgaria and Greece. After the Great War, in its last years as an imperial capital, it was occupied by British, French and Italian forces. Within a broad chronological framework, here is the story of the city and of the impact on it of the Ottoman Sultans and their dynasty; here too are the families who settled in Constantinople and served the Sultans, among them the Turkish Koprulu, the Italian de Testa, the Greek Mavrocordatos and the Hashemites from Mecca.

A fascinating read. What is Byzantium? A podcast available through ITunes U. Prokopios, Edited and Translated by Anthony Kaldellis. The Secret History. Indianapolis, Indiana: Hackett Publishing Company, Secretary to Count Belisarius, he had a front-row seat to the events in the court of Justinian and Theodora.

Evans, James Allan. The relationship between the two life-long friends and its influence on the politics, the religious policies, and wars of conquest during the reign of Justinian. Available at Amazon.


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Duffy, Stella. Theodora: Actress, Empress, Whore. The Purple Shroud. This is a two part biography of Theodora. The first book tells the story of her youth and young adulthood while the second focuses on her reign as empress, her relationship with Justinian and the people closest to her. I highly recommend both of these books. Both books are available at Amazon and ITunes in several different formats. Thornton, Stephanie.

Written in a style that makes Theodora seems a bit more contemporary, she comes across as strong, resourceful, witty, and ambitious even as a child. Well-written, very entertaining. Available on ITunes and Amazon. Elson, Elizabeth. Theodora of Constantinople. An e-published book available on both Amazon Kindle and ITunes. Strickland, Carol. The Eagle and the Swan. Available at Amazon or at the website: www.

The website has great information about the main characters, the plot, as well as a place you can blog about the book.

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The soldier and the swan dancer set out on a treacherous path to power that would lead all the way to the throne. Spector, Reynold. The Iconoclast Movement viewed through the eyes of the fictional character, Nicetas Beser, an advisor and historian in the Byzantine Court. Harris, Christopher. Memoirs of a Byzantine Eunuch. This is a highly enjoyable book. Available from ITunes and Amazon. Phillips, Johnathan. The Fourth Crusade and the Sack of Constantinople. In this gripping account Johnathan Phillips using letters of knights and commoners alike, traces the series of errors that led to the expedition to commit the most infamous massacre of the Crusades.

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Graves, Robert. Count Belisarius.

Clothier, Meg. The Empress. London, England: Century Publishing, Princess Agnes of France is thirteen when she marries the heir to Byzantium, an empire unmatched in wealth, power — and glamour. This book was posted on the podcast site by a listener. I have not read it but it looks great and has very good reviews. Garland, Lynda. Byzantine Empresses: Women and Power in Byzantium Oxford, England: Taylor and Francis Publishing, The description of the book comes from Good Reads:. It presents and analyses the available historical data in order to outline what these empresses did, what the sources thought they did, and what they wanted to do.

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In spite of that I have ordered it because I am fascinated by the topic so we shall see. The few reviews that are around are good ones. My Wish-List. My Booklovers app on my IPad has approximately three shelves of books on Byzantium that I would like to read or at least browse through.

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I have done some research on the internet primarily by Googling books on Byzantium, looking for authors and lectures on the subject and by combing the archives of both Amazon and ITunes. There are some notable books missing from this list, mainly John Julius Norwich. My thought is that if you have an interest in Byzantium both he and Judith Herrin would be the logical places to begin your studies. I am also posting this list in the hopes that podcast listeners can make comments, suggestions, supply book reviews, and opinions as I am quite sure I am missing something.

Judith Herrin telling her how much I had enjoyed her books. She blew me away by responding with the most kind and gracious letter complete with the artwork for her two new books. I bet if someone would contact her, she would certainly contribute an endorsement or a piece for this podcast. Not only is she brilliant and a gifted writer, she is a class act all the way. The Chronicles of Theophanes A. Edited and Translated by Harry Turtledove.

Philadelphia: The University of Pennsylvania Press, Harris, Jonathan. Constantinople: Capital of Byzantium. London, England: Continuum Press, The End of Byzantium. New Haven, CT. Yale University Press. Nicolle, David. Manzikert: The Breaking of Byzantium. There are many other columns standing in the city made of stone [called] marble, and there are a lot of writings on them.

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A Russian icon-type features the Great Church and the imperial rider as an impor- tant pair of landmarks that together symbolize Constantinople. It has been convinc- ingly argued that the first representations of the equestrian statue in Russia appeared in the form of book illustration. The miniature transcribed the particularly pertinent features of the imperial for other Moscow icon-painters, since many copied it for themselves, competing site of power, and translated the cultural and architectural concept of Constantinople with each other and borrowing from each other.

For Ivan Alexander precise visualization of Constantinople of the Hagia Sophia in conjunction with the equestrian statue came to stand for the also took on an ideological dimension. Cutler has previously noted this. My for Epifanii Constantinople constituted both a sacred city and an eternal city. For good color somewhat from C. Shalina, Relikvii v vostochnokhristianskoi ikonografii, Moscow: Indrik, Boeck, R. Martin, and D. The text fol. And this happened to the old Rome, but our new Tsargrad blos- On folio 91 of our manuscript, the translator and scribe made a powerful inser- soms30 and grows, strengthens and rejuvenates.

The encomium consciously articulated that Ivan Alexander had taken over the eternal empire and was now its sole custodian.

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The text also indicated that the Bulgarian tsar was worthy of this singular honor because of his perfect virtues and glorious origins as the scion of the founder of a renewed Bulgarian kingdom. This inserted verbal encomium on fol. The previous image had featured Honorious and Arcadius fol. David into the translated Manasses text within the reign of Theodosios II. At this point stands to the left of the tsar who is being crowned by an angel hovering above his in the original Greek verbal narrative, Constantine Manasses had passionately be- right shoulder.

The caption tells us that Ivan Alexander is the Tsar, i. Syrku suggests that it should be read as tsvetet; when 27 M. Kaimakamova separately arrived at a conclusion about translatio imperii. Further see Kaimakamova, 31 A section of this text is briefly quoted in I. This passage has been also translated into English by Kaimakamova, ed. Kooper Amsterdam — New York: , ; M. Guillou and J. For a recent discussion of this image see E. For further discussion of the politics of the encomium by chest na prof.