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Byzantium in the Seventh Century
The Transformation of a Culture


  • Date Published: October 1997
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521319171

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  • This book presents the first analytical account in English of the major developments within Byzantine culture, society and the state in the crucial formative period from c. 610 to 717. Since its original publication in 1990, the text has been revised throughout to take account of the latest research. The seventh century saw the final collapse of ancient urban civilisation and municipal culture, the rise of Islam, the evolution of patterns of thought and social structure which made imperial iconoclasm possible, and the development of state apparatuses - military, civil and fiscal - typical of the middle Byzantine state. Conflicting ideas of how these changes and developments are to be understood have proliferated in the last fifty years. This book is the first serious attempt to provide a comprehensive, detailed survey of all the major changes in this period.

    • A paperback edition of one of the most durable and successful monographs on Byzantine history of recent years
    • Adopts a highly analytical, non-narrative approach to cover all aspects of political, social and religious history
    • Includes illustrations of the art and coinage of the period
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    Reviews & endorsements

    'This is clearly an important book ... in tackling large problems he displays close acquaintance with the sources - alas too few - and a sharp and original mind. It will be obligatory reading for those concerned with the passage from late antiquity to the Middle Ages - and not only in Byzantium.' Robert Browning, English Historical Review

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 1997
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521319171
    • length: 524 pages
    • dimensions: 234 x 153 x 29 mm
    • weight: 0.73kg
    • contains: 23 b/w illus. 7 maps
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of plates
    List of maps
    Preface and acknowledgements
    Preface to the revised edition
    List of abbreviations
    The sources
    1. The background: state and society before Heraclius
    2. The East Roman world c. 610–717: the politics of survival
    3. Some relations and the economy: the cities and the land
    4. Social relations and the economy: rural society
    5. The state and its apparatus: fiscal administration
    6. The state and its apparatus: military administration
    7. Society, state and law
    8. The imperial church and the politics of authority
    9. Religion and belief
    10. Forms of social and cultural organisation: infrastructures and hierarchies
    11. Forms of representation: language, literature and the icon
    Conclusions: the transformation of a culture
    Addendum: further observations on the question of the late ancient city

  • Author

    J. F. Haldon, University of Birmingham

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