A classic document for students of late medieval and Byzantine history, George Sphrantzes' Chronicon Minus is here translated into English for the first time. Written by a Byzantine court official who was enslaved during Constantinople's 1453 capture by the Turks, this is a remarkable portrait of a thousand-year-old empire during its last years. Sphrantzes' candid account of the city's court proceedings, foreign policy, domestic troubles-even its follies and hopes-transcends the bounds of history and biography to capture the experience of a society on the brink of catastrophic change. Because this work involves the history of not only Byzantium but also of Italy, Ottoman Turkey, and the Balkans, it will appeal to a wide spectrum of historical and cultural interests. The material presented does more than simply complement other accounts by Sphrantzes' contemporaries: it is also a primary source for future study.
|Publisher:||University of Massachusetts Press|
|Product dimensions:||6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)|
About the Author
George Sphrantzes was the childhood friend, first lord, and intended chancellor of Constantinople's last emperor, Constantine XI. He undertook important diplomatic missions, worked intimately with the last three Byzantine emperors, and wielded considerable power in the Peloponnese and the capital city. Consequently, his account is of the utmost importance to Byzantine history.
Translator Marios Philipppides received a Ph. D. in Classical Philology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. He was Assistant Professor of Classics at the Unversity of Massachusetts, Amherst.