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The Byzantine Empire

Charles William Chadwick Oman

Book Overview: 

Oman starts with the arrival of Greek traders to establish a colony and ends "So the cry that God was great and Mohammed his prophet rang through the dome where thirty generations of patriarchs had celebrated the Holy Mysteries, and all Europe and Asia knew the end was come of the longest tale of Empire that Christendom has yet seen. Finis".

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Ricimer, who had survived his loss of the imperial diadem. Odoacer refused, and proclaimed himself king in Italy, while still affecting—against Zeno's own will—to recognize the Constantinopolitan emperor as his suzerain.

In 488 a.d. it occurred to Zeno to offer Theodoric the government of Italy, if he would conquer it from Odoacer. The Ostrogoth, who had harried the inland of the Balkan Peninsula bare, and had met several reverses of late from the Roman arms, took the offer. He was made “patrician” and consul, and started off with all the Ostrogothic nation at his back to win the realm of Italy. After hard fighting with Odoacer and the mixed multitude of mercenaries that followed him, the Goths conquered Italy, and Theodoric—German king and Roman patrician—began to reign at Ravenna. He always professed to . . . Read More

Community Reviews

Having in mind that this is a book written in 1892, I find it to be an interesting read: Not only you learn about the Byzantine empire, but also about the biased writing of that time, judging the emperors to be evil, deceitful or the opposite, making the them very one-sided and fairytale’ish.


A well researched tome that combines contributions from various authors to produce a comprehensive and scholarly account that deals with both the rise and fall of the Byzantine Empire. The book offers a thorough analysis of the political, social, cultural and economic dimensions of the Byzantine Emp

En välskriven och intensiv beskrivning av Byzantinska rikets historia. Oman är personlig, intressant och tar upp detaljer som inte var välkända för mig. På grund av materialrikedomen var jag tvungen att börja om ett par gånger, vilket dock inte var till nackdel, för ytterligare detaljer blev intress

This book was written in the late 19th century and it is not only a History of the Byzantine Empire but a reflection on the time it was written. The Ottoman Empire was still in existence as was the Austro- Hungarian Empire. World War I was several years in the future. Some of the terminology was a b

Well written

Great history of the eastern Roman Empire. I enjoyed the book from beginning to end. I would like to read a history of the ottoman rule of Constantinople..

This book is amazing overview of the Byzantine Empire from Constantine to The Siege of 1453. I would give this book a 5-star if it weren't for the fact that it is a bit dated in some of its terminology and some might find it offensive at times. (4.5)

This was a fantastic read. It covers both the imperial reigns and the ever changing regional politics over the course of the empire. I enjoyed it.

A great, if old, primer!

The book is old, published at the close of the 19th century, and it shows at times. On the whole the book is a great primer though, and is a good first read to lower oneself into Byzantine history - which is useful since its history spans over 1000 years. I enjoyed it, and lo

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