This book is based on an in-depth filmed conversation between Howard Burton and Maria Mavroudi, Professor of History at UC Berkeley. Maria Mavroudi specializes in the study of the Byzantine Empire and this wide-ranging conversation explores her extensive research on the Byzantine Empire and how it has repeatedly been undervalued by historians despite its having been a military and cultural powerhouse for more than a millennium.
This carefully-edited book includes an introduction, Beyond the High-School Narrative, and questions for discussion at the end of each chapter:
Becoming A Byzantinist - Inspiration and motivation
Historical Background - Byzantine beginnings
The High-School Narrative - History as a cultural mirror
Recovering Truth - A never-ending goal
Building Knowledge - Standing on the shoulders of giants
Annotated Discoveries - Leo the Mathematician, for example
A Translational Discovery - From Arabic to Greek, surprisingly
Arrows of Causality - Consequential greatness
Decline - A matter of opinion?
Extracting Meaning - Interpreting human experiences
Ever-Moving Targets - Arab-Greek bilingualism and its implications
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