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Fourteen Byzantine Rulers: The Chronographia of Michael Psellus (Penguin Classics)

 
 
 
 
Fourteen Byzantine Rulers: The Chronographia of Michael Psellus (Penguin Classics)
Author: Michael Psellus
ISBN 13: 9780140441697
ISBN 10: 140441697
Edition: Revised ed.
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 1979-12-20
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400
List Price: $18.00
 
 

For the following half-century of extraordinary decline our main source is Michael Psellus (1018-96), one of the greatest courtiers and men of letters of the age. His vivid and forceful chronicle, full of psychological insight and deep understanding of power politics, is a historical and literary document of the first importance. Recent scholars have shattered for ever Gibbon's view that the Byzantine Age was just a shabby and disreputable appendage to the Roman Empire; Psellus, a man of striking refnement and humanity, both portrays and exemplifies at its best the Byzantine way of life.