'. . . I have sailed the seas and come
To the holy city of Byzantium.'
W. B. Yeats
From the foundation of Constantinople in 330 to its fall in 1453, this brief history explores the key components of Byzantine Christianity, including the development of monasticism, icons and iconoclasm, the role of the emperor in relation to church councils and beliefs, the difficult relationship with the papacy and the impact of the Crusades.
The book also considers Byzantine Christianity as a living force today: the variety and vitality of Orthodox churches, the role of the Church in Russia and the enduring relevance of a spirituality derived from the church fathers.
'Averil Cameron's work has transformed our understanding of Byzantium, and here she offers an authoritative survey of its history and legacy . . . This is a lucid, informative and impressively wide-ranging brief history.'
Gillian Clark FBA, Emeritus Professor of Classics and Ancient History, University of Bristol
Prof Dame Averil Cameron DBE, FBA, FSA, is a Research Fellow at Keble College, Oxford, a member of the Faculty of Classics and Chair of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research. She was Warden of Keble College, 1994-2010, and before that Professor of Late Antique and Byzantine History at King's College London, where she was also the first Director of the Centre for Hellenic Studies. She is President of CBRL (Council for British Research in the Levant) and was President of FIEC (Fédération Internationale des Associations d'études Classiques), 2009-14.