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    Where can I find books and links about the complete history of the Byzantine EmpirE????? Please help......
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    A Library, Amazon.com, a decent bookstore....
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    you can also look through the sticky 'online history resource' at the top of this page.
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    Byzantium at war - 600-1453
    Good enough book! Details how the Byzantines fought wars, marching orders, tactics etc. Nothing much about troop types though and equipment

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    Here's some books on the Byzantine military units itself.

    Romano-Byzantine Armies 4th-9th centuries
    Late Roman & Early Byzantine armies!

    Byzantine Armies 1118-1461
    The mainly mercenary armies of the Byzantine empire and the succesor states after the Fourth Crusade.

    Byzantine Armies 886-1118
    Byzantine armies from some years before Nicephorus II to Manzikert & Alexius I Comnenus

    Otherwise do a search at amazon.com and you should find some other books about other aspects of the Byzantine empire.
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    The best one by far available is "The Short History of Byzantium" by John Julius Norwich. Its a compilation of his three volume series, condensed to make it more practical and readable, and has everything you would ever need. It also has a very thorough bibliography which could lead you to more detailed sources down the road if you wanted more.

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    If you ever get the chance to visit the British Museum, pass on the old bits of old metal and go to the Reading Room. It is absolutely huge and has quite a large section on the History of trhe Eastern Roman Empire.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elias71
    The best one by far available is "The Short History of Byzantium" by John Julius Norwich. Its a compilation of his three volume series, condensed to make it more practical and readable, and has everything you would ever need. It also has a very thorough bibliography which could lead you to more detailed sources down the road if you wanted more.
    Yes, but if you order the whole three-volume series, your history will be even more complete.

    They're in no way your average boring, academic tomes. Norwich knows well what should be said and what should be emphasized, you can read these books for the entertainment alone.

    Guess it depends on how much detail you need, as well as how much you're willing to spend (not that those three paperbacks are in any way expensive).
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    I'm 14 so I have all the time!!!!!!!! Thanks for the help...Maybe I'll order it online.....
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    www.byzantium.ac.uk has some good links, including byzantium1200.com, which gives a 3D reconstruction of the city in 1200.
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    Spartakus, sure buying all 3 of the series would be best, but not all of us can afford them or have enough time in the world to read through them all. :)

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    Warren threadgold's "history of the byzantine state and society" is a good book. Fairly recent too. It covers the period from Diocletian to the Last emperor Constantine IX.
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    If their is anything you wish to know about the Eastern Roman Empire, Edyzmedieval (or any body else for that matter), don't hesitate to PM me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Elias71
    The best one by far available is "The Short History of Byzantium" by John Julius Norwich. Its a compilation of his three volume series, condensed to make it more practical and readable, and has everything you would ever need. It also has a very thorough bibliography which could lead you to more detailed sources down the road if you wanted more.
    Personally I prefer the three separate books -- much more in-depth.

    They are, in this order:
    • Byzantium: The Early Years
    • Byzantium: The Apogee
    • Byzantium: The Decline and Fall
    They offer a nice, deep introduction to Byzantine history, culture and military, but no more. Of course, for simply the pure history and the decisions which shaped the history of Byzantium, it is a very good series. Informative and in-depth concerning the emperors, and clearly showing the reasons for their decisions, the consequences, and of course the events themselves. All putting Byzantium in the light it deserves -- a much brighter light than that of Edward Gibbon and others.

    The Osprey books offer a nice overview and introduction to the Byzantine military -- but nothing really deep.



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