Byzantium : The Apogee v. 2, Paperback
3.5 out of 5 (3 ratings)


In "Byzantium: The Early Centuries", John Julius Norwich told the epic tale of the Roman Empire's second capital up to Christmas Day AD 800 - when Pope Leo III crowned Charlemagne as a rival emperor.

This second volume of his magnificent history covers the following three centuries.

In it he continues his compelling chronicle up to the coronation of the heroic Alexius Comnenus in 1081.

The other two volumes in the trilogy, "Byzantium: The Early Centuries" and "Byzantium: The Decline and Fall", are also published in Penguin.


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 432 pages, 16pp b&w photographs, illustrations, maps, family trees, bibliography, index
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: European history
  • ISBN: 9780140114485



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A good basic introduction, by the standards of history books a racy read about a much mis-understood civilisation. Read it, enjoy it, but if you want to read more move on to Treadgold etc. for a more exacting description of a fascinating culture.

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John Julius Norwich provides in his trilogy an excellent overview of Byzantine civilization. For the general reader looking to get the whole picture, or for the scholar probing into a new field, this book is an excellent introduction. For someone already well acquainted with the Byzantines, this is a narrative history, useful for quick consultation but not as deep in any particular subject as you would probably require.

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The empress Irene having passed on, power comes to Nicephorous I, one of history's great "Fixers". He is decisive and clear about his goals, and after him, the Empire not only survives, but once again is expanding. The Saga continues through to the great catastrophe of Manzikert in 1081. Norwich has a sure hand with this popularization of a crucial age and area of Europe's History. Well worth the time spent reading this one!

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