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Three Millennia of Greek Literature

A History of the Byzantine Empire

 by Al. Vasilief

Translated from the Russian by S. Ragozin, Madison 1928. Notes - Illustration - Study links - HTML editing : by Elpenor © 2007-

"They shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years. And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, and shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth ..."  - St. John's Revelation (1st c. A.D.)

      Chapters :  The empire from Constantine the Great to Justinian (324-518) ||| Justinian the Great and his successors (518-610) ||| The Heraclian epoch (610-717) ||| The Iconoclastic epoch (717-867) ||| The Macedonian epoch (867-1081) ||| Byzantium and the Crusades ||| The Empire of Nicaea (1204-1261) ||| From restoration to the fall (1261-1453) ||| Appendix

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Chapter 4

The Iconoclastic epoch (717-867)
The Isaurian or Syrian Dynasty
The attitude toward Arabs, Bulgarians, and Slavs
The internal activities of the emperors of the Isaurian dynasty
Religious controversies and the first period of Iconoclasm
Charles the Great and his significance for the Byzantine Empire
Summary of the activities of the Isaurian dynasty
Successors of the Isaurians and the Phrygian Dynasty (820-867)
The first Russian attack on Constantinople. [Arabs and Bulgarians.]
The restoration of Orthodoxy. The separation of churches in the ninth century
[ Peter Damascene ]
Literature, learning, and art

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