Comments: Qutbdate

No, stray - stray! Which period of Byzantine history? I was kind of interested in the subject when I was at school, but I've kind of fallen away from the faith. The folks who write on the subject tend to be less accessible stylistically than most other periods, at least in English...

Posted by Mitch H. at March 1, 2005 12:00 PM

I've been reading recently about Maurice and other great Byzantine military leaders in an overview of guerilla warfare. I wish I knew more about the empire generally.

Hitchens' piece is fantastic, but I wonder if Tom Friedman's counter-metaphor, the "Arab Basement" is as equally undermined.

Posted by Stygius at March 1, 2005 07:55 PM

Well, mostly what I know of the Byzantine's comes from Steve Runciman's works, which aren't exactly the most cutting edge of scholarship.

I did pick up a more recent work a while back, but never got around to reading it (it looked really good, but for the life of me I can't remember the title).

I'm particularly interested in the period of the great Balkans heresies, and later, of the early crusades, but that's because I read all that Runciman...

Like I said, I'm interested in Byzantine politics, but I certainly wouldn't call myself particularly well informed...

Maurice is of a somewhat earlier period, but he is interesting; I'd also like to know more about what was happening in Constantinople during the latter part of the 7th Century -- how did they view the rise of the Caliphate in their former dominions...

Posted by Bill at March 3, 2005 05:43 PM