The Age of the DROMON: The Byzantine Navy ca 500-1204 (The Medieval Mediterranean)

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ISBN-13: 978-9004151970
ISBN-10: 9004151974
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John H. Pryor, Ph.D. (1974), Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, is an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney in Medieval Studies and History. He has published extensively on medieval Mediterranean history, especially on the Crusades and on Maritime History. Elizabeth M. Jeffreys, B. Litt (1969) Oxford, Bywater and Sotheby Professor of Byzantine and Modern Greek language and literature, Oxford. She has published extensively on Byzantine literature, including editions of 6th, 12th, and 14th century literary texts.
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  • Hardcover: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers (June 30, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9004151974
  • ISBN-13: 978-9004151970
  • Product Dimensions: 1.8 x 6.5 x 9.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,847,427 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 28, 2012
Format: Hardcover
First comes size: it is over 750 pages. However, the main text makes up some 450 pages with the rest being made up of annexes including very useful translations of some of the main sources and a 25 pages appendix on Greek Fire. The first chapter is in fact a history of the Byzantine Navy over a period of approximatly 700 years. As the authors acknowledge, this in itself could have made up one book. I would also add that this part, in itself, makes the whole book extremely valuable. To my knowledge at least, the only previous study of hte Byzantine Navy was Helène Ahrweiler's "Byzance et le Mer", which is somewhat dated and now largely superseeded by this chapter.

Second, unfortunatly, comes the price, which, at over 140 pounds, is also massive. This will obviously limit the number of buyers, and it is therefore unsurprising, although a pity given the book's value, to discover that it still had not been reviewed on Amazon, some six years after being first published.

Third, comes the amount of work, the depth of research and the amount of time that have gone into this book. All three are also massive. As the authors admit, they started work in 1987. The book was first published by Brill in 2006. There is, I believe, little need to add any comment.
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