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The History of the Byzantine Empire

Narrated by: Duke Holm
Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
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Discover The Greatest Empire The World Has Ever Seen!

Welcome to the Byzantine Empire! For centuries, the history of the Byzantine Empire was a mystery for most western historians and history enthusiasts. The fall of the Empire to the hands of the Ottomans acted as a thick, heavy curtain that prevented us from exploring the military, political, financial, and social history of one of the greatest empires the world has ever seen.

Not anymore.

The History Of The Byzantine Empire - by Sir Charles Oman

In 1892, Sir Charles Oman, a pioneer in military history lifted the curtain and offered the world a rare insight into the Byzantine world. His ground-breaking book on Byzantine history helped bring the attention of historians back to an era that shaped medieval empires, cultures and European history in general.

From the foundation of Constantinople to the fall of an empire: embark on a unique adventure!

By the end of this eye-opening Byzantine history book, you will be able to fully understand the immense significance of the Byzantine Empire and its cultural legacy. Sir Charles Oman has created an easy-to-follow chronological guide to the Byzantine Empire that will allow you to:

  • Follow the Byzantine history from the foundation of Constantinople to its last days
  • Learn about iconic Byzantine Emperors like Justinian
  • Discover little-known details about Byzantine military glory and Byzantine society
  • Explore breath-taking military adventures learn about Byzantine battle strategies
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of one of the most important eras in western history.

Pioneering: Sir Charles Oman’s The History Of The Byzantine Empire is one of the first books to fully comprehend and recreate the Byzantine Empire in all its former glory.

Comprehensive: this book covers everything from the coming of the Slavs to the Iconoclasts and from the Crusades to the Ottoman invasion.

Eye-opening: shatter common misconceptions about the Byzantine society through understanding.

Public Domain (P)2019 Blue Spirit Media

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Warning: Published in 1892

I was excited to come across this title, because I've wanted to hear a good history of the Byzantine Empire for a long time.

I saw that the recording had a May, 2019, release date. Good. I listened to the reader long enough to decide I would enjoy his voice. I was sold.

It was only after I'd bought the book and begun listening to it for content (as opposed to the quality of the reader's voice) that I detected a decidedly archaic tone to the prose. When was the last time a historian used the phrase "ere long" in a text unironically?

Now, I will read Shakespeare in the original Elizabethan English because only there are his words fully alive and beautiful. I have read the works of some 16th and 17th century Spanish chroniclers in Spanish because only that way can I hope to experience their worlds. However, there's no reason I can think of that the convoluted prose in this old work would make the extra effort of following it worthwhile

In any case, I had to abandon it within minutes of starting it.

Secondly, I have to assume that archaeological discoveries in the past 127 years have made part of the text obsolete. And, while history is not my field, I have to assume that there have been noteworthy advances in the scholarship of the Byzantine Empire since 1892 that would also make the work obsolete.

I submit that when a text is well over a century old but is not so universally known that the title denotes its age, simply posting the release date in the summary is deceptive.