A Social History of Byzantium / Edition 1

Hardcover (Print)
Buy New
Buy New from BN.com
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $96.57
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 25%)
Other sellers (Hardcover)
  • All (8) from $96.57   
  • New (5) from $98.89   
  • Used (3) from $96.57   


Western civilization owes an incalculable cultural and historical debt to the Byzantine Empire. Before falling to the Ottoman Turks in the mid-fifteenth century, the empire flourished for more than a thousand years, bridging the ancient and modern worlds. Byzantium profoundly influenced the pattern of cultural and political development in the lands it occupied and had an enduring influence on neighboring societies.
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"Until now, the social history of Byzantium has remained a neglected field. Professor John Haldon has put together a team of leading international Byzantinists, each of whom addresses his or her own specialised area. The book will be a critical tool for anyone who wants to understand Byzantium."
Averil Cameron, University of Oxford

"The great merit of this volume is its openness to larger methodological debates about socio-economic history and state structures. For the first time in a comprehensive study, Byzantine society is treated as an integral part of the world history of the Middle Ages."
Claudia Rapp, University of California, Los Angeles

Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405132404
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 12/23/2008
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 328
  • Product dimensions: 6.80 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

John Haldon is Professor of Byzantine History and Hellenic Studies at Princeton University, and is an internationally recognized scholar in the field of late Roman and Byzantine social, economic, and institutional history. His books include Warfare, State, and Society in the Byzantine World (1999), Byzantium: A History (2000), Byzantium at War (2002) and The Oxford Handbook of Byzantium Studies (editor with E. Jeffreys and R. Cormack, 2008).

Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors


List of Abbreviations


1 Towards a Social History of Byzantium John Haldon Haldon, John

2 Men, Women, Eunuchs: Gender, Sex and Power Liz James James, Liz

3 Family Structure and the Transmission of Property Angeliki Laiou Laiou, Angeliki

4 The Social Function of the Law Bernard Stolte Stolte, Bernard

5 Social Relations and the Land: The Early Period Peter Sarris Sarris, Peter

6 Land and Power in the Middle and Later Period Peter Frankopan Frankopan, Peter

7 The Producing Population Michel Kaplan Kaplan, Michel

8 Social Elites, Wealth and Power John Haldon Haldon, John

9 Court Society and Aristocracy Paul Magdalino Magdalino, Paul

10 The Church and Society Michael Angold Angold, Michael

11 A Monastic World Alice-Mary Talbot Talbot, Alice-Mary

Glossary of Byzantine/Medieval Terms


Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)