By J. F. Haldon
This publication provides the 1st analytical account in English of significant advancements inside of Byzantine tradition, society and the nation within the the most important formative interval from c.610-717. The 7th century observed the ultimate cave in of old city civilization and municipal tradition, the increase of Islam, the evolution of styles of notion and social constitution that made imperial iconoclasm attainable, and the improvement of nation apparatuses--military, civil and fiscal--typical of the center Byzantine kingdom. additionally, in this interval, orthodox Christianity ultimately turned the unquestioned dominant tradition and a spiritual framework of trust (to the exclusion of other structures, that have been henceforth marginalized or proscribed).
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Thucydides suggests, I think, that the legacy of the Peloponnesian War would not be the victory of Spartan authoritarianism and the repudiation of the imperial democratic culture of Athens. No, it would be the irrevocable exhaustion and bankruptcy of the Greek city-state itself. The polis was, after all, an egalitarian but closed and static institution that could not adapt well to the military, economic, and political challenges of the wider Mediterranean world, changes initiated by the Persian invasion at the beginning of the fifth century, but dramatically and tragically elaborated by the virulent war between its most distinctive representatives, Athens and Sparta.
Map data are also frequently repeated for the same reason. A running header is placed at the top of each page in order to help the same intermittent reader to reorient himself each time he returns to the work. The sample header displayed below identifies the book to which the particular page belongs (BOOK SIX), the date by our calendar (416/5), the date by Thucydides’ own system (16th Year/Winter), the location where the action takes place (SICILY), and a brief description of the narrative (Settlement of Other Hellenic Cities).
Finally, it contains a number of short technical appendices that provide background information about those aspects of life in ancient Greece that Thucydides did not think required explanation for readers of his time, but that will not be commonly known by readers today. This edition attempts by itself to provide sufficient textual assistance, geographic information, and background material for the general reader to understand and enjoy the marvelous work of one of humanity’s first, and very best, historians.