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Fourteen Byzantine Rulers: The Chronographia of Michael Psellus (Penguin Classics) Paperback – December 20, 1979
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Psellus' turn of phrase and genuine storytelling ability make this book a pleasure to read. I only regret I cannot read it in its original Greek, for I think it would be even better. Despite the bias against his female compatriots (only to be expected in that era) Psellus remains fresh, authoritative, winning, and as balanced as can be expected. I love the Penguin editions of classic works- I rarely buy anything else- and my copy of the Chronographia is already dog-eared and underlined.
In short, I truly recomment this edition for any serious or leisurely student of Byzantium. Psellus gives us a window into a sorely misunderstood time and age- as well as being able to tell a ripping good story when the mood takes him.
Psellus' narrative begins with the 49 year-reign of the Emperor Basil II, whose hard work brought the Byzantine Empire to the pinnacle of its strength, with secure borders and a full treasury. Although Psellus was only a child when Basil's reign came to an end, he bases this part of the narrative on contemporary secondary sources and it seems fairly objective.Read more ›
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Excellent book. Psellus presents an intriguing and riveting history of the emperors of this time period, as well as delving into the politics around their rule and struggles such... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
A decent account of a bad time for the Byzantine Empire. Psellus' history is biased, especially unfair to Romanus Diogenes. Read morePublished 3 months ago by DTs
Great read to fill your historical ignorance of the Byzantine period between Basil II and Alexios . Interesting to read contemporary writings of Psellus and witness the biases and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by schon
The author (Psellus) writes of a time and people he knew. He was an intimate of the Byzantine Court, so he is able to describe events and people who played a part in that era. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Walkin Talkin Gawkin
It is very difficult not to like the freshness of approach adopted by the author in his dealings with the good, the bad and the indifferent rules he writes about, and mostly from... Read morePublished on December 11, 2012 by Dayle Smith
This is a great book! I am using it, along with others, for a college project in my Ancient/Medieval History Class! Read morePublished on April 2, 2012 by MaggieAnneGotfredson