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Byzantine Empire According to history books, the Roman Empire ended in 476 CE with the fall of Rome. But if you asked most people alive at that time, they would have pointed you to what they considered the continuation of the Roman Empire-the civilization we now call the Byzantine Empire. The Byzantines, however, were more than just a remnant of Roman glory. At its geograp Byzantine Empire According to history books, the Roman Empire ended in 476 CE with the fall of Rome. But if you asked most people alive at that time, they would have pointed you to what they considered the continuation of the Roman Empire-the civilization we now call the Byzantine Empire. The Byzantines, however, were more than just a remnant of Roman glory. At its geographical peak, the Byzantine Empire stretched out across the Mediterranean world. Culturally, the Byzantines both preserved the knowledge of the classical world, much of which was lost in the West, and added to it. Inside you will read about... - A Divided Empire - The Fall of the West - Rising to Glory - An Age of War - The Destruction of Icons - The House of Macedon - The Comnenian Revival - The Final Decline And much more! Shaped by its classical roots, its Christian religion, and the changing medieval world, the story of the Byzantine Empire is one of both glorious victories and terrible defeats, of a civilization that rose from the brink of destruction again and again, and of the development of a culture whose vestiges remain today.


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Byzantine Empire According to history books, the Roman Empire ended in 476 CE with the fall of Rome. But if you asked most people alive at that time, they would have pointed you to what they considered the continuation of the Roman Empire-the civilization we now call the Byzantine Empire. The Byzantines, however, were more than just a remnant of Roman glory. At its geograp Byzantine Empire According to history books, the Roman Empire ended in 476 CE with the fall of Rome. But if you asked most people alive at that time, they would have pointed you to what they considered the continuation of the Roman Empire-the civilization we now call the Byzantine Empire. The Byzantines, however, were more than just a remnant of Roman glory. At its geographical peak, the Byzantine Empire stretched out across the Mediterranean world. Culturally, the Byzantines both preserved the knowledge of the classical world, much of which was lost in the West, and added to it. Inside you will read about... - A Divided Empire - The Fall of the West - Rising to Glory - An Age of War - The Destruction of Icons - The House of Macedon - The Comnenian Revival - The Final Decline And much more! Shaped by its classical roots, its Christian religion, and the changing medieval world, the story of the Byzantine Empire is one of both glorious victories and terrible defeats, of a civilization that rose from the brink of destruction again and again, and of the development of a culture whose vestiges remain today.

30 review for Byzantine Empire: A History From Beginning to End

  1. 5 out of 5

    Douglas Larson

    A concise, but remarkably thorough history of the Byzantine empire from it's creation as an extension of the Roman empire in 330 to it's demise in 1453. Well written. I learned a few interesting facts from this book. 1) The name Byzantine empire was a historical name given by historians in the sixteenth century. During the entirety of the empire's existence (330 - 1453) people and rulers within it simply referred to it as the Eastern Roman Empire and the people called themselves Romans. 2) The E A concise, but remarkably thorough history of the Byzantine empire from it's creation as an extension of the Roman empire in 330 to it's demise in 1453. Well written. I learned a few interesting facts from this book. 1) The name Byzantine empire was a historical name given by historians in the sixteenth century. During the entirety of the empire's existence (330 - 1453) people and rulers within it simply referred to it as the Eastern Roman Empire and the people called themselves Romans. 2) The Eastern Roman empire, i.e. Byzantine empire, lasted far longer than the Western Roman empire (27 BC - 485 AD). 3) Byzantium could have lasted longer were it not for the many incompetent emperors throughout it's history but especially during the last 4 centuries or so. There were also very competent emperors at various points, who somewhat miraculously saved the empire several times from invaders and/or from bankruptcy. 4) Throughout it's history there were many emperors with the same or similar names (e.g. Constantine, Justinian) but they used those names without numbers after (e.g. Constantine II, Constantine IV). The number designations were added by historians centuries later to make it easier to refer to the emperors. 5) Around 610 or so, the empire's military was restructured and replaced Latin as the official language with Greek and over the coming centuries, the empire's culture was shifted from Latin to Greek. Being something of a history buff I enjoyed this so I will definitely read more Hourly History books.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie (Bookfever)

    This book was a good introduction to those who are interested in learning more about the Byzantine Empire. It wasn't my favorite Hourly History book out of all I have read so far but I liked it for sure and it really was fascinated. All the emperors and their names made my eyes cross a little, though. It could get a little bit confusing unless you're really focused on the book. The book covers the rise of the Byzantine Empire, wars, the house of Macedon and the final decline among others so there This book was a good introduction to those who are interested in learning more about the Byzantine Empire. It wasn't my favorite Hourly History book out of all I have read so far but I liked it for sure and it really was fascinated. All the emperors and their names made my eyes cross a little, though. It could get a little bit confusing unless you're really focused on the book. The book covers the rise of the Byzantine Empire, wars, the house of Macedon and the final decline among others so there were lots of new things for me to learn, which I thought was great. The one thing that stood out to me were how the Byzantine Empire basically just kept coming back for more even when they seemed to be on the brink of destruction. Can't help but admire that in a way. Overall, Byzantine Empire: A History From Beginning to End by Hourly History was a candid and quick read, spotlighting the Byzantines. They certainly were a fascinating bunch and I'd just love to see more books set during those times, whether it's ficion or nonficion. So recommendations are always much appreciated.

  3. 5 out of 5

    James Atwell

    The rise and fall of another Empire Another fascinating story about the rise and fall of another Empire. I find it very interesting to see how the people of these regions are brought together and torn apart by war and religion. It is sad to see that we haven’t changed all that much.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Patricia S Winchel

    Educational but Difficult to Absorb It All This is a great short book for history buffs of that time period. I was amazed at how many centuries the Byzantine empire held on to power before falling to the Ottomans. I love hourly history books—so much information in an hour's time! Educational but Difficult to Absorb It All This is a great short book for history buffs of that time period. I was amazed at how many centuries the Byzantine empire held on to power before falling to the Ottomans. I love hourly history books—so much information in an hour's time!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Leon Olivier, Jr

    Good summary but wish for more While like all the books in this series it provides a good background on the Byzantine Empire the subject is to broad to introduce in such a short book. Maybe the author could have honed in on a period or Emperor.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Chris Blair

    A good introduction to Byzantine history This concise book sets the appetite to dig further into Byzantine history. A good, quick read with good facts. Recommend for introducing this history topic.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Anil Swarup

    Only Hourly History could presented history of so many centuries of not-so-well known empire in a few pages and yet make a lot of sense. The rise and the fall of Byzantine Empire has been narrated pretty remarkably.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Carole Corkern

    The Byzantine Empire I have visited Turkey and toured Istanbul so I was interested in the history of the Byzantine Empire. The story was told with clarity. It answered questions I have had about the history.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Randolph A Rossi

    The Byzantine Empire Did More Than Just Survive The greatest legacy that the Byzantine Empire bestowed upon the modern world was many of the cultural and intellectual knowledge of Ancient Greece.

  10. 4 out of 5

    The Conch

    This book gives a brief about a period from end of The Roman empire to beginning of The Ottoman empire.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Vera Mottino

    A concise overview A summary of the extensive convoluted history of the Byzantine empire. An introduction for those who want to learn about it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Diego Palomino

    Great little book, tons of information. It is important to understand the impact that this period of history had in humanity, yet most of us grow without knowledge of it. If you have little time but a desire to learn about history, this Hourly Series can help. Well written and a great wealth of information within. It is also a good introduction to further information on the subject.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Renee Svendsen

    Not my favorite of the hourly history series but well worth reading for an introduction to this amazing history. It covers such a long period of time that I think it is difficult to pick the most outstanding points to get into one hour.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Wes

  15. 4 out of 5

    Alexis Maubach

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    Robert Clark

  17. 5 out of 5

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  18. 4 out of 5

    Ricardo Gutierrez

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  22. 5 out of 5

    uri ben iosef

  23. 5 out of 5

    Francine Crochetiere

  24. 4 out of 5

    Dave

  25. 4 out of 5

    T R SRIKANTH

  26. 5 out of 5

    JOHN W PARKER

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  28. 5 out of 5

    Larry Haas

  29. 4 out of 5

    Amy

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