Lost to the West
The Forgotten Byzantine Empire That Rescued Western Civilization
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|Format:||Paperback / softback, 329 pages|
|Other Information: ||Illustrated|
|Published In: ||United States, 01 June 2010|
"Originally published in hardcover in the United States by Crown Publishers in 2009"--T.p. verso.
"Captivating...In "Lost to the West "Lars Brownworth shows a novelist's eye for character, bringing to life some of the most fascinating -- and yet little known -- figures of the Byzantine era. But it is as a researcher into the obscurities of palace intrigue, treachery, and battlefield carnage that Lars really shines. With dry humor and a palette of vivid images, he recounts the dizzying game of musical chairs that placed one usurper after another on the Byzantine throne, only to be pitched off in a gaudily macabre way. In the end, one is left agog by the irony that the upshot of this centuries-long scrum was the preservation of nearly all that the Greeks have bequeathed to us."
--Steven Pressfield, author of "Gates of Fire"
"Rome never fell -- it simply moved five hundred miles East -- to Byzantium. For over a thousand years the Byzantines commanded one of the most visceral and vivid empires the world has ever known. And yet their achievements are consistently underplayed; written out of history. Lars Brownworth is a rare talent. His contagious passion brings murderous empresses, conniving eunuchs, lost Greek texts and Byzantine treasures of fairy-tale proportions blinking back into the light. Confidently striding through time and across the mountains and plains of the Eastern Mediterranean, Brownworth puts this theocratic superstate slap-bang in the center of mankind's global story; back where it should be. The Byzantines made our world what it is today. Lars Brownworth matches their verve and brio in his seductive and gripping account."
--Bettany Hughes, PBS host and author of "Helen of Troy"
"This is history as it used to be, history as story-telling. In this fascinating account of the Byzantine empire, Lars Brownworth covers a thousand years of blood-letting, outrageous luxury, bitter religious disputes and vaulting ambition without giving the slightest impression of being rushed or crowded. The page turns unaided."
--Anthony Everitt, be
|Publisher: ||Three Rivers Press (CA)|
|Dimensions: ||20.22 x 16.92 x 1.96 centimeters (0.26 kg)|