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The Byzantine Empire survived as a self-contained political entity longer than any other in the history of Christianity. From the time Constantine the Great moved the capital of the Roman Empire to the Greek city of Byzantium in AD 330 - which he renamed Constantinople - to its downfall to the Turks in 1453, the great trading emporium and center of Orthodox Christianity remained the most dazzling metropolis in the world. Its palaces, its Hippodrome, its art treasures, and its churches were the wonder of mankind. For more than 1,000 years, Christian civilization was at its zenith in this magical, mysterious, and magnificent city.

This history by Charles Oman is a catalog of good, bad, and indifferent emperors who either pushed Byzantine Civilization to new heights or savagely drove it to defeat and dissolution. It is a strange tale populated by some of the most interesting men and women who have ever lived.

But few events have riveted the imagination or wrung the heart as did the fall of Constantinople, first to the Crusaders in 1203, then to the Turks in 1453. With its passage into the hands of the Ottoman Empire, European history entered a new era and Byzantine Civilization disappeared forever. However, thousands of Byzantine scholars fled to the West, bringing valuable knowledge which hastened the flowering of the Italian Renaissance. Listen as one of the most poignant stories in European history unfolds.

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adequate good book. great reader

I've heard this guy before. He had read some others book I have and I liked him enough to actually look up who he was and pay attention to the name. he is one of the better performers for sure. no complaints AT ALL. ON PERFORMANCE.. 100%.
there is not really anything to criticize about the book. i mean I've read better but it ticks all the boxes so you at least couldn't be upset. Out of the 2 I've read on the same subject .. this one is 2#. but not a reason I can pin point. it gives you the facts and overview that doesn't miss anything , isn't too long, and he still names every emperor..but isn't really comprehensive either. I recommend reading it you're interested in the subject. first time. maybe not if you are familiar. might be a repeat. but book was done well.

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  • Cameron Jensen
  • 10-25-20

Great but narrators delivery is hard to understand

Overall very good and well delivered but the narrator isn’t very clear at times and speaks too quickly. Had to reduce to 0.8 speed so I could follow along.