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The Byzantine Empire

Charles William Chadwick Oman

Fifty years ago the word “Byzantine” was used as a synonym for all that was corrupt and decadent, and the tale of the East-Roman Empire was dismissed by modern historians as depressing and monotonous. The great Gibbon had branded the successors of Justinian and Heraclius as a series of vicious weaklings, and for several generations no one dared to contradict him. Two books have served to undeceive the English reader, the monumental work of Finlay, published in 1856, and the more modern volumes of Mr. Bury, which appeared in 1889. Since they have written, the Byzantines no longer need an apologist, and the great work of the East-Roman Empire in holding back the Saracen, and in keeping alive throughout the Dark Ages the lamp of learning, is beginning to be realized. (Wikipedia) Oman starts with the arrival of Greek traders to establish a colony and ends"So the cry that God was great and Mohammed his prophet rang through the dome where thirty generations of patriarchs had celebrated the Holy Mysteries, and all Europe and Asia knew the end was come of the longest tale of Empire that Christendom has yet seen. Finis".

Fifty years ago the word “Byzantine” was used as a synonym for all that was corrupt and decadent, and the tale of the East-Roman Empire was dismissed by modern historians as depressing and monotonous. The great Gibbon had branded the successors of Justinian and Heraclius as a series of vicious weaklings, and for several generations no one dared to contradict him. Two books have served to undeceive the English reader, the monumental work of Finlay, published in 1856, and the more modern volumes of Mr. Bury, which appeared in 1889. Since they have written, the Byzantines no longer need an apologist, and the great work of the East-Roman Empire in holding back the Saracen, and in keeping alive throughout the Dark Ages the lamp of learning, is beginning to be realized. (Wikipedia) Oman starts with the arrival of Greek traders to establish a colony and ends"So the cry that God was great and Mohammed his prophet rang through the dome where thirty generations of patriarchs had celebrated the Holy Mysteries, and all Europe and Asia knew the end was come of the longest tale of Empire that Christendom has yet seen. Finis".
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Fifty years ago the word “Byzantine” was used as a synonym for all that was corrupt and decadent, and the tale of the East-Roman Empire was dismissed by modern historians as depressing and monotonous. The great Gibbon had branded the successors of Justinian and Heraclius as a series of vicious weaklings, and for several generations no one dared to contradict him. Two books have served to undeceive the English reader, the monumental work of Finlay, published in 1856, and the more modern volumes of Mr. Bury, which appeared in 1889. Since they have written, the Byzantines no longer need an apologist, and the great work of the East-Roman Empire in holding back the Saracen, and in keeping alive throughout the Dark Ages the lamp of learning, is beginning to be realized. (Wikipedia) Oman starts with the arrival of Greek traders to establish a colony and ends"So the cry that God was great and Mohammed his prophet rang through the dome where thirty generations of patriarchs had celebrated the Holy Mysteries, and all Europe and Asia knew the end was come of the longest tale of Empire that Christendom has yet seen. Finis".

Language:

English

Narrators:

LibriVox Community

Length:

9h 19m


Chapters

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

02:37


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

22:06


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

26:24


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

22:31


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

16:43


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

19:24


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

23:31


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

25:22


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

22:21


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

21:01


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

20:33


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

28:21


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

26:12


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

16:17


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

08:55


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

16:51


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

23:14


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

17:24


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

21:04


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

14:20


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

13:19


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

22:47


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

34:23


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

20:38


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

22:33


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

19:07


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

31:03