Filled with unforgettable stories of emperors, generals, and religious patriarchs, as well as fascinating glimpses into the life of the ordinary citizen, Lost to the West reveals how much we owe to the Byzantine Empire that was the equal of any in its achievements, appetites, and enduring legacy.
For more than a millennium, Byzantium reigned as the glittering seat of Christian civilization. When Europe fell into the Dark Ages, Byzantium held fast against Muslim expansion, keeping Christianity alive. Streams of wealth flowed into Constantinople, making possible unprecedented wonders of art and architecture. And the emperors who ruled Byzantium enacted a saga of political intrigue and conquest as astonishing as anything in recorded history.
Lost to the West is replete with stories of assassination, mass mutilation and execution, sexual scheming, ruthless grasping for power, and clashing armies that soaked battlefields with the blood of slain warriors numbering in the tens of thousands.
A Must Listen
I would expect nothing less from Dr. Brownworth than a work of this strength and clarity. Our prayers for a follow-on to the Twelve Byzantine Emperors have been answered.
Michael E. Blount
I truly enjoyed the podcast and it was an excellent corollary to his previous podcast, "the 12 Byzantine Rulers". However, I would have enjoyed it that much more had he taken a different approach.
New York, NY
Super effort... it brings Roman history to life!
I came to this book as someone who knew very little about this part of history. I must say, hearing the audiobook has brought this period of history to life for me. I would highly recommend it to anyone.