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Byzantium & the Byzantine Empire: A Chronological Reading List

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A History of the Byzantine State and Society
A History of the Byzantine State and Society
"The best comprehensive scholarly history available today, with refreshing and astute new approaches on many topics; great illustrations, including many photos taken by the author."
The Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire
The Grand Strategy of the Byzantine Empire
"Luttwak considers how it was that the Byzantines fought off a succession of enemies for more than 1100 years.  His answers: diplomacy, cultural attraction, a not massive but highly effective military, and a prudent commitment to limited war."
Byzantium (I): The Early Centuries
Byzantium (I): The Early Centuries
"The first volume of an engaging popular survey of Byzantium's history covers the barbarian invasions, Justinian's attempt to reconquer the west, Heraclius's battles against the Persians and the Arabs."
History of the Byzantine Empire: Vol. 2, 324-1453
History of the Byzantine Empire: Vol. 2, 324-1453
"The best older comprehensive survey, with more info about literature and cultural developments than Treadgold gives you."
Byzantium: The Apogee
Byzantium: The Apogee
"The Empire's middle years and the peak of its international power, told in Norwich's engaging style, covering the age of Basil I, Nicephorus Phocas, John Tzimisces, and Basil II "the Bulgar Slayer"."
Byzantium: The Decline and Fall
Byzantium: The Decline and Fall
"The sad conclusion of Norwich's trilogy: the Empire from the short-lived revival under the Comnenian dynasty, to the catastrophe of the 4th Crusade, to the final fall to the Turks."
A Short History of Byzantium
A Short History of Byzantium
"If you don't have the time to read all 1100 pages of Norwich's trilogy, here's the condensed version."
History of the Later Roman Empire: From the Death of Theodosius I to the Death of Justinian (Volume 1)
History of the Later Roman Empire: From the Death of Theodosius I to the Death of Justinian (Volume 1)
"How it all began:  the collapse of the Western Roman Empire, the survival of its Eastern half, and Justinian's attempt to reconquer the West for Constantinople: 150 years you'll never forget."
The Later Roman Empire (A.D. 354-378)
The Later Roman Empire (A.D. 354-378)
"Vivid first-hand account by a former military officer of Constantius II's Persian War, Julian the Apostate's short reign, and the shattering Visigothic victory at Adrianople in 378."
Procopius: History of the Wars, Vol. 1, Books 1-2: The Persian War (Loeb Classical Library) (English and Greek Edition)
Procopius: History of the Wars, Vol. 1, Books 1-2: The Persian War (Loeb Classical Library) (English and Greek Edition)
"Two contrasting views of the Emperor Justinian's reign, by a Jekyll-Hyde historian who publicly celebrated the Emperor's campaigns and constructions,  while privately despising him."
The Making of Byzantium, 600-1025
The Making of Byzantium, 600-1025
"Covers the years when the Eastern Empire completed its evolution from a Latin to a Greek state, and its epic struggles  for survival against  Persian, Arab, Bulgarian, and Russian enemies."
Byzantium: The Imperial Centuries AD 610-1070 (MART: The Medieval Academy Reprints for Teaching)
Byzantium: The Imperial Centuries AD 610-1070 (MART: The Medieval Academy Reprints for Teaching)
"An easy-to-read account of Byzantium's middle years, from the accession of Heraclius to the catastrophic defeat of Manzikert, by a renowned scholar."
The Byzantine Empire 1025-1204: A Political History (2nd Edition)
The Byzantine Empire 1025-1204: A Political History (2nd Edition)
"The fatal years: the terrible defeat by the Turks at Manzikert, growing hostility from the west, and the crowning disaster: the Fourth Crusade."
Fourteen Byzantine Rulers: The Chronographia of Michael Psellus (Penguin Classics)
Fourteen Byzantine Rulers: The Chronographia of Michael Psellus (Penguin Classics)
"Vivid, colorful, and ultimately heartbreaking history of the foolish, self-indulgent emperors and empresses of the mid-11th century."
The Alexiad of Anna Comnena (Penguin Classics)
The Alexiad of Anna Comnena (Penguin Classics)
"An ambitious, strong-minded daughter's view of Alexius Comnenus, who pulled the Empire back from the brink at the end of the 11th century."
O City of Byzantium: Annals of Niketas Choniates (Byzantine Texts in Translation)
O City of Byzantium: Annals of Niketas Choniates (Byzantine Texts in Translation)
"An astonishingly vivid history of Byzantium from 1120 through the fall of the city to the 4th Crusade in 1204, by a scholar-bureaucrat who observed events from 1180-1204 at close range."
The Sicilian Vespers: A History of the Mediterranean World in the Later Thirteenth Century (Canto)
The Sicilian Vespers: A History of the Mediterranean World in the Later Thirteenth Century (Canto)
"The intriguing story of how the Byzantine Emperor  Michael Palaeologus, threatened with an invasion by Charles of Anjou, successfully fostered an uprising in Sicily against Angevin rule."
The Last Centuries of Byzantium, 1261-1453 (Second Edition)
The Last Centuries of Byzantium, 1261-1453 (Second Edition)
"A superb scholarly account of the complex, sad but  fascinating final two centuries of Byzantium."
Mistra, Byzantine Capital of the Peloponnese
Mistra, Byzantine Capital of the Peloponnese
"Runciman's beautifully-written, elegiac history of Byzantium's last province in the Peloponnese.  An obvious labor of love."
The Fall of Constantinople 1453 (Canto)
The Fall of Constantinople 1453 (Canto)
"An unforgettable account of the final defense of Constantinople against the Turks: nobody combines scholarship with vivid writing better than Runciman.  Why hasn't someone made it into a movie?"
The Immortal Emperor: The Life and Legend of Constantine Palaiologos, Last Emperor of the Romans (Canto original series)
The Immortal Emperor: The Life and Legend of Constantine Palaiologos, Last Emperor of the Romans (Canto original series)
"A life of the gallant but doomed Emperor Constantine XI, who died defending Constantinople against the Turks, and the evolution of his personal legend during Greece's dark years of Turkish occupation."
Byzantine Empresses: Women and Power in Byzantium AD 527-1204
Byzantine Empresses: Women and Power in Byzantium AD 527-1204
"An enjoyable group biography of a number of diverse women who became Empresses of Byzantium."
Women in Purple: Rulers of Medieval Byzantium
Women in Purple: Rulers of Medieval Byzantium
"A lively, well-written historical narrative concerning three late 8th and early 9th century Byzantine empresses -- including the egregious Irene.  Solid but accessible history."
Byzantine Architecture (History of World Architecture)
Byzantine Architecture (History of World Architecture)
"The best book available on the subject, with excellent plans and black-and-white illustrations (no color, alas)."
Byzantium From Antiquity to the Renaissance (Perspectives) (Trade Version)
Byzantium From Antiquity to the Renaissance (Perspectives) (Trade Version)
"A well-illustrated introduction to the rich artistic heritage of Byzantium."
Glory of Byzantium: Arts and Culture of the Middle Byzantine Era, A.D. 843-1261
Glory of Byzantium: Arts and Culture of the Middle Byzantine Era, A.D. 843-1261
"The beautiful small objects that shaped daily Byzantine life: the catalog from the heralded show at the Metropolitan Museum several years ago."