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The Byzantines

Winner of the 2006 John D. Criticos Prize This book introduces the reader to the complex history, ethnicity, and identity of the Byzantines. This volume brings Byzantium -- often misconstrued as a vanished successor to the classical world -- to the forefront of European history Deconstructs stereotypes surrounding Byzantium Beautifully illustrated with photographs and maps
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Table of Contents

Figures. Maps. Preface. Abbreviations. Acknowledgements. 1. What was Byzantium? 2. The changing shape of Byzantium: from late antiquity to the tenth century. 3. The changing shape of Byzantium: from the tenth century to 1453. 4. The Byzantine mirage. 5. Ruling the Byzantine state. 6. An orthodox society? 7. How people lived. 8. Education and culture. 9. Byzantium and Europe. 10. Byzantium and the Mediterranean. Conclusion. Chronology. References. Index.

About the Author

Averil Cameron is Professor of Late Antique and Byzantine History at the University of Oxford and the Warden of Keble College, and was recently awarded a DBE. Her publications include Changing Cultures in Early Byzantium (1996) and Eusebius, Life of Constantine (ed. with Stuart G. Hall, 1999), and she is a co-editor of volumes XII, XIII and XIV of the Cambridge Ancient History.


" The Byzantines is a welcome addition to the renewal of Byzantine Studies in contemporary academia." ( Canadian Journal of History , winter 2009) Winner of the 2006 John D. Criticos Prize "Seeks consistently to place Byzantium in Context and to make the reader question fundamental preconceptions about the Byzantine empire." ( Anglo-Hellenic Review )

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