By John Julius Norwich
During this magisterial variation of his epic three-volume historical past of Byzantium, John Julius Norwich chronicles the world's longest-lived Christian empire. starting with Constantine the good, who in a.d. 330 made Christianity the faith of his realm after which transferred its capital to town that will endure his identify, Norwich follows the process 11 centuries of Byzantine statecraft and war, politics and theology, manners and art.
In the pages of a brief background of Byzantium we come across mystics and philosophers, eunuchs and barbarians, and rulers of amazing erudition, piety, and degeneracy. We input the lifetime of an empire that can create a number of the world's so much transcendent spiritual artwork after which smash it within the convulsions of fanaticism. Stylishly written and overflowing with drama, pathos, and wit, here's a matchless account of a misplaced civilization and its terrific cultural legacy.
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Paton). Cf. Pédech (1964: 295 n. 197). 32 Polyb. 7 (English translation by W. R. Paton). Cf. Pédech (1964: 295), Eckstein (1995: 163). OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 16/4/2013, SPi Oratory in Polybius’ Histories 29 traditional weapon of oratory in the democratic assemblies and courts. These cases clearly indicate the vitality and power of Hellenistic democratic institutions. 4–6, 10). In the framework of his universal history, it was not possible to look closely at the internal political conﬂicts of any Greek polis.
OUP CORRECTED PROOF – FINAL, 16/4/2013, SPi 2 Dionysius and Isaeus Michael J. Edwards It may seem strange at ﬁrst sight that an essay on Dionysius and Isaeus be included in a volume devoted to Hellenistic oratory, when neither of these authors was writing in the Hellenistic period. The earliest speech of Isaeus is probably the Dicaeogenes (speech 5), which dates to 389 bc and so suggests a date of birth after about 420 bc. The latest speech seems to be the fragment of the Euphiletus preserved by Dionysius of Halicarnassus, which may date to 344/3 bc.
59 Just as in a diplomatic speech, the paradeigmata (examples) repeatedly evoked and commented on by Polybius aim to persuade the Roman governing class, the hegoumenoi Rhomaioi, to choose epieikeia instead of pikria (‘bitterness’). The historian assumes the point of view of the hegemonic power and afﬁrms this to be the policy most useful to their dominion’s stability; but of course, this was also the policy most favourable to the subject peoples; and this is what really matters to the Greek Polybius.