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- Print Length: 48 pages
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- Publication Date: January 2, 2018
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B078S4J4VB
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Byzantine Empire: A History From Beginning to End Kindle Edition
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This book about the Byzantine Empire in the east tells that the western Roman Empire did not end in 476 as many claim. Roman power moved from the west to the east, from Rome to Constantinople, which continued to exist from 284 CE until 1461. We read about the questionable conversion of Constantine to Christianity, other leaders, religious controversies, cultural developments, the many intrigues, wars, and political gambles yielding successes and failures, which turned Byzantium into a major power for over a thousand years.
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.
Although not dwelling on the specifics - it reinforces the irrational effects that various strong beliefs had (and continue to have) on killing millions of earth's populations.
Wow - they sure seemed to cycle through a heap of leaders in all that time - regularly executing many?
Apart from some lingering, and illogical, pockets - we seem to be, currently, going through one of the longest periods of 'peace' in our 'human' history?
For a quick overview, I recommend it.