The History

Michael Attaleiates Anthony Kaldellis Dimitris Krallis


The History

The History

  • Title: The History
  • Author: Michael Attaleiates Anthony Kaldellis Dimitris Krallis
  • ISBN: 9780674057999
  • Page: 151
  • Format: Hardcover



In 1039 Byzantium was the most powerful empire in Europe and the Near East, controlling the Balkans south of the Danube and all of Asia Minor into Armenia and Syria By 1079 it had become a politically unstable state half the size, menaced by powerful enemies on all sides The History of Michael Attaleiates is our main source for this astonishing reversal, and offers a griIn 1039 Byzantium was the most powerful empire in Europe and the Near East, controlling the Balkans south of the Danube and all of Asia Minor into Armenia and Syria By 1079 it had become a politically unstable state half the size, menaced by powerful enemies on all sides The History of Michael Attaleiates is our main source for this astonishing reversal, and offers a gripping narrative of the foreign and civil wars of those years Attaleiates was a highly placed legal and military official of the empire with first hand knowledge of the events he describes He knew many of the emperors and includes an eyewitness account of the battle of Mantzikert 1071 , where the Seljuk Turks crushed the Byzantine armies and opened the door for the permanent Turkish conquest of Asia Minor He also provides vivid narratives of civil unrest and decries the corruption and economic exploitation of his society, looking to the heroes of the Roman Republic for models of nobility.Michael Attaleiates History has never before been translated into English The present translation, based on the most recent critical edition, makes the text accessible through its notes, maps, and glossary of Byzantine terms.


Recent Comments "The History"

This is one of the best early medieval era chronicles out there. It's more vivid and thrilling to read than a lot of fantasy books out there, go figure. The prose is so powerful it shines even through translation. This copy has both the original Greek and English translation, great for those studying Byzantology. The battle scenes are better than most fantasy out there, I felt as if I'd been transported to the 11th century and watched the whole thing through the eyes of Attaleiates. It is that g [...]

This shall be a brief review given that this is an excellent edition and a much needed translation of an important Byzantine historical text. As per usual in the review of a primary source, I am only reviewing the edition and not Attaleiates' work or his skill as an historian. Michael Attaleites was a legal official in the mid-late eleventh century in Byzantium, and was sufficiently placed in high positions to witness or have access to the materials needed to produce a good history. What we have [...]

This edition of the History of Michael Attaleiates as translated by Anthony Kaldellis and Dimitris Krallis is published by the Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library. Although the price was quite steep, the production values of the book are superb. The pages are a joy to touch, with smooth creamy paper. Right-hand pages show the translation whilst the left-hand pages have the original Greek.This is the only currently obtainable English translation of this very important work, and Dumbarton Oaks have do [...]

Great primary source for 11th century Byzantine history. Written in a lawyerly way, since the author was, in fact, a lawyer.


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