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A Byzantine Journey

Author(s):   John Ash
Publisher:   Random House (1995)
Format:   Hardcover
Copies:   1 copy available
Product Info:   Book Description

For those interested in a deeper appreciation of the Byzantine Empire and its importance to world history, this engaging, richly detailed travelogue introduces a colorful cast of personalities from the region's fascinating history and provides a detailed description of the art and influences of the time. Photos. 2 maps.

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly
Shuttling between Roman times and 1453, when Ottoman warlord Mehemet the Conqueror captured Constantinople, destroying the Byzantine Empire, this delightful travel memoir links episodes from Byzantine history to British-born poet Ash's impressions of the villages, mosques, palaces, shrines and ruins he visited across Anatolia. Ash, who lives in New York City, follows the path of the First Crusade, tours well-preserved medieval cities and explores exotic sites like the frescoed cave-monasteries of Cappadocia and Binbir Kilise (the Thousand and One Churches) rising from the Black Mountains' slopes. His lyrical mosaic conjures up forceful personalities: the Armenian-born usurper Romanos I (Theophylact the Unbearable), who was kidnapped and deposed by his two power-hungry sons in A.D. 944; Rumi, the 13th-century mystic and poet; and Beyazid I, a fratricidal murderer who committed suicide in 1403 rather than endure further humiliations as the prisoner of Mongol conqueror Timur. Photos.
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From Booklist
Poet Ash has made his "amateur attempt" at walking through Byzantine history a pleasant experience. His scholarly travelogue fills the reader's mind with fascinating details about a civilization that lasted well over 1,000 years. Ash has done his homework well; everything from Byzantine rulers to the history of the area's architecture is covered. For students of history, Ash's finely tuned prose fills in the gaps in their knowledge of the subject. Rau{£}l Nin{¤}o