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By Timothy E. Gregory

This revised and accelerated version of the widely-praised A historical past of Byzantium covers the time of Constantine the nice in advert 306 to the autumn of Constantinople in 1453. * Expands remedy of the center and later Byzantine classes, incorporating new archaeological proof* comprises extra maps and pictures, and a newly annotated, up to date bibliography* encompasses a new part on internet assets for Byzantium reviews* Demonstrates that Byzantium used to be very important in its personal correct but in addition served as a bridge among East and West and historic and smooth society* Situates Byzantium in its broader historic context with a brand new comparative timeline and textboxes

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Also of special importance are the Slavic sources, from the Russian Primary Chronicle to the Slavonic translations of various Byzantine works, and chronicles and other works from Serbia, Bulgaria, and elsewhere in the Slavic world. Beyond the written sources there are many important materials useful for the study of Byzantine history. These include such material as the voluminous Byzantine coinage. The coins provide an especially vivid record of the basic lines of imperial propaganda (since they were one of the best ways for the emperor to speak directly to his subjects), concerning military affairs and, even more, dynastic policies: coins were one of the commonest ways to announce the elevation of a new emperor and/or the choice of an individual as heir to the throne.

While this was going on in the East, similar developments took place in the West. Postumus, one of Valerian’s best generals in the struggle against the Germans, sought the throne after the emperor’s death. Civil war broke out between Gallienus and Postumus, without either side being able to defeat the other. Vast resources were directed to the civil war, at the expense of defense against the barbarians. Postumus declared himself as emperor, even though he held only the northwestern provinces; he struck his own coins, had his primary residence at Trier, and set up an administration and court that paralleled that of Gallienus.

He then returned to the mainland and thoroughly defeated the Alamanni in 298, bringing many years of peace and quiet to Gaul. In 296 there was a revolt in Egypt that Diocletian had to put down, and, while he was thus occupied, Narses, the King of Persia, took advantage of the situation and invaded Armenia and Syria. Galerius was put in charge of operations against the Persians. He was at first defeated, in 297, but the next year he was able to win an overwhelming victory, including the capture of the king’s harem.

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