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by Alice-Mary Talbot,Denis F. Sullivan

eBook The History of Leo the Deacon: Byzantine Military Expansion in the Tenth Century (Dumbarton Oaks Studies) ePub
Author: Alice-Mary Talbot,Denis F. Sullivan
Language: English
ISBN: 0884023249
ISBN13: 978-0884023241
Publisher: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection (January 1, 2005)
Pages: 264
Category: World
Subcategory: History
Rating: 4.1
Votes: 370
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I'm really happy to have a copy of the History of Leo the Deacon as part of my collection of Byzantine sources.

I'm really happy to have a copy of the History of Leo the Deacon as part of my collection of Byzantine sources. Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase. This book was more about Leo the Deacon and his partisan iconodule position than about military expansion.

Alice-Mary Talbot and Denis Sullivan, with the assistance of George T. Dennis and Stamatina McGrath, include an extensive introduction and detailed notes to guide the reader through the complex chronology, geography, and text of the History. Also included are five maps, two genealogical tables, and four indexes.

Alice-Mary Talbot and Denis Sullivan, with th Leo's firsthand experience of the .

Alice-Mary Talbot and Denis Sullivan, with th Leo's firsthand experience of the campaigns and courts of two Byzantine emperors provides vivid descriptions of sieges, pitched battles, and ambushes. Once again, Dumbarton Oaks has published an excellent Byzantine translation, this time of Leo the Deacon, a historian who recorded the events of the lives of Nikephoros II Phokas, John I Tzimiskes as well as the early reign and civil wars of Basil II Bulgaroktonos.

Dumbarton Oaks Studies XLI THE HISTORY OF LEO THE DEACON Book IV BookV Book VI Book VII Book VIII Book IX Book X, 55 70 8. .

Dumbarton Oaks Studies XLI THE HISTORY OF LEO THE DEACON. Byzantine Military Expansion in the Tenth Century. Introduction, translation, and annotations by Alice-Mary Talbot and Denis F. Sullivan with the assistance of George T. Dennis and Stamatina McGrath. 2005 Dumbarton Oaks Trustees for Harvard University Washington, . Printed in the United States of America. Book IV BookV Book VI Book VII Book VIII Book IX Book X, 55 70 87 104 126 143 162 175 187 202 vii. 1 4 9 11 50 51 52 53.

Denis F. Sullivan is a Professor at the University of Maryland College Park.

Leo the Deacon : Byzantine Military Expansion in the Tenth Century. Publisher:Dumbarton Oaks.

The History of Leo the Deacon : Byzantine Military Expansion in the Tenth Century. by Alice-Mary Talbot and Denis F. Sullivan.

Introduction, translation, and annotations by Alice-Mary Talbot and Denis F. Sullivan with the . Dennis and Staniatina McGrath. Leo was also writing the history of his own time, stating when he was an eyewitness or participant in the events he describes. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of Leo's history is the insight it offers into the mind of an educated Byzantine of middling social rank-what he knew, what he made of the world around him, and what he deemed useful or necessary for his and later generations to know.

The assortment of chronicles, histories, and memoirs provides an almost unbroken narrative of the empire's history from the sixth to the fifteenth century  . The appearance of this fine, meticulously annotated, translation by Alice-Mary Talbot and Denis Sullivan will be welcomed not only by Byzantinists, but perhaps even more so by students and scholars in the related fields of western medieval and Islamic history.

Talbot, Alice-Mary; Sullivan, Denis F (2005), The History of Leo the Deacon: Byzantine Military Expansion in the Tenth Century (2005 e., Dumbarton Oaks, ISBN 0-88402-324-9. Total pages: 264. Treadgold, Warren (1988). The Byzantine Revival, 780–842. Stanford, California: Stanford University Press. ISBN 978-0-8047-1462-4.

Dumbarton Oaks Studies 41. The History of Leo the Deacon

Dumbarton Oaks Studies 41. The History of Leo the Deacon. Alice-Mary Talbot and Denis F. Sullivan, with the assistance of George T. The Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library.

Leo's firsthand experience of the campaigns and courts of two Byzantine emperors provides vivid descriptions of sieges, pitched battles, and ambushes. His account of the conspiracy against Nikephoros II Phokas, murdered as he slept on the floor in front of his icons, is one of the most dramatic in Byzantine narrative histories. Alice-Mary Talbot and Denis Sullivan, with the assistance of George T. Dennis and Stamatina McGrath, include an extensive introduction and detailed notes to guide the reader through the complex chronology, geography, and text of the History. Also included are five maps, two genealogical tables, and four indexes.
zmejka
I'm really happy to have a copy of the History of Leo the Deacon as part of my collection of Byzantine sources.
Silverbrew
This book was more about Leo the Deacon and his partisan iconodule position than about military expansion. But i appreciate the in-depth research of the authors and translators. We often don't get a direct translation of a 1st source like this one. Just by reading the introduction and footnotes one can tell that much painstaking research and even struggle went into creating a verified and coherent picture of Leo's position during this time.

It is interesting that from Leo's view (being a staunch orthodox churchman) that both Leo III and Constantine V were something close to the anti-christ and Irene, who murdered her own son, a saint. Looking at the bigger picture from over a thousand years later we know that both iconoclast emperors created a stronger empire militarially and otherwise that helped bring Byzantium to the pinnacle of its brilliance and power 200 years later. Irene, on the other hand, almost destroyed the empire by appeasing its enemies and almost bringing it to financial ruin.

I thank the authors for providing a rare glimpse into this amazing time...
Folsa
As usual, I am reviewing the edition, not Leo the Deacon as a historian.

There is just not much to say about this book. Once again, Dumbarton Oaks has published an excellent Byzantine translation, this time of Leo the Deacon, a historian who recorded the events of the lives of Nikephoros II Phokas, John I Tzimiskes as well as the early reign and civil wars of Basil II Bulgaroktonos. The translation is very good, and the editors do not attempt to make any sort of connection to modern language where it simply cannot be done. They tend to render difficult Byzantine terms in a Greek transliteration, and then explain them in the notes. The notes are excellent, and although they are not exhaustive, they reference a lot of good academic literature and thus provide a better starting point for understanding the text. The appendices include some genealogies and maps. Nothing too special, but they are all directly relevant to understanding the text. It has John Haldon's map of the Battle of Dorostolon, which is of the highest quality and very helpful for understanding that event, which occupies a significant portion of Book VIII. The indices are also pretty standard, but there is an Index Locorum and a nice index of notable Greek words, both of which are useful for understanding Leo the Deacon.

The translation is good; the notes are good, as are the appendices and indices. It is inexpensive and easily accessable, something that many Byzantine primary sources cannot claim. There is no reason not to award this book the full five stars.
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