Byzantium in the Seventh Century: The Transformation of a Culture

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Cambridge University Press, 1990 - 486 sider
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This book presents the first analytical account in English of major developments within Byzantine culture, society and the state in the crucial formative period from c.610-717. The seventh century saw the final collapse of ancient urban civilization and municipal culture, the rise of Islam, the evolution of patterns of thought and social structure that made imperial iconoclasm possible, and the development of state apparatuses--military, civil and fiscal--typical of the middle Byzantine state. Also, during this period, orthodox Christianity finally became the unquestioned dominant culture and a religious framework of belief (to the exclusion of alternative systems, which were henceforth marginalized or proscribed).
 

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Innhold

The background state and society before Heraclius
9
The East Roman world c 610717 the politics of survival
41
Social relations and the economy the cities and the land
92
Social relations and the economy rural society
125
The state and its apparatus fiscal administration
173
The state and its apparatus military administration
208
Society state and law
254
The imperial church and the politics of authority
281
Religion and belief
324
Forms of social and cultural organisation infrastructures and hierarchies
376
Forms of representation language literature and the icon
403
the transformation of a culture
436
Further observations on the question of the late ancient city
459
Bibliography
462
Index
482
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Om forfatteren (1990)

Haldon is Professor of Byzantine History and Director of the Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies at the University of Birmingham.

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