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A Short History of the Byzantine Empire

I.B. Tauris, 2015

Book chapter

...The reigns of Byzantine emperors are given in bold; those of Western Roman emperors in bold italics...

Conclusion

The Eastern Frontier : Limits of Empire in Late Antique and Early Medieval Central Asia

IB Tauris, 2019

Book chapter

...By the end of the tenth century, with the Qarākhānid Turks conquering Sāmānid Central Asia and ushering in a millennium of Turkic rule across Iran and much of the Islamic World, the dynamic of the frontier had changed qualitatively...

Introduction

A Cultural History of Western Empires in the Middle Ages

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

Book chapter

...Allow me to begin with an anecdote that, I hope, will clarify some of the challenges in studying A Cultural History of Western Empires in the Middle Ages. My thanks to Brett Edward Whalen and Mauro J. Caraccioli, who assisted...

Introduction

The Eastern Frontier : Limits of Empire in Late Antique and Early Medieval Central Asia

IB Tauris, 2019

Book chapter

...The Turks haven’t come to us; we have come to them In his History of the Prophets and Kings, the chronicler Ṭabarī (839–923) reported that in 724–5 a messenger came to the Umayyad governor of Samarqand, Ḥasan b. Abī al-ʿAmarraṭah...

Smallpox in the Harem: Communicable Diseases and the Ottoman Fear of Dynastic Extinction During the Early Sultanate of Ahmed I (R. 1603–17)

Plague and Contagion in the Islamic Mediterranean : New Histories of Disease in Ottoman Society

Arc Humanities Press, 2017

Book chapter

...I am most grateful to our editor Nükhet Varlık for her much valuable comments on earlier drafts, and to Maurizio Alfioldi for providing the transcriptions of the Venetian ambassadorial dispatches utilized in this study. The following...

Conclusion

Persian Christians at the Chinese Court : The Xi’an Stele and the Early Medieval Church of the East

I.B.Tauris, 2018

Book chapter

...This book has argued that the closeness existing between the Church of the East and the late Sasanian imperial court, a subject of intense scrutiny in recent secondary literature and amply evident in Syriac sources, was carried...

Introduction

The Great Caliphs : The Golden Age of the ‘Abbasid Empire

I.B. Tauris, 2009

Book chapter

...For most of us the word ‘Mediterranean’ conjures up images of picturesque villages of whitewashed houses whose blue-painted shutters pick up the intense blue of sea and sky, or cream and ochre pillars topped with Corinthian capitals from...

Emperor Hadrian (76–138, r. 117–38 CE) at Castel Sant’Angelo, The Pantheon, and the Tempio Di Venere E Roma

People and Places of the Roman Past : The Educated Traveller’s Guide

Arc Humanities Press, 2018

Book chapter

...Statue of Hadrian, second century CE, Musei Capitolini. Scala / Art Resource, NY. An Emperor of the People and For the People Hadrian was a complex man who inherited a complex empire. Upon becoming emperor in 117, he faced a series...

The Petrification of Rostam : Thomas Herbert’s Re-Vision of Persia in A Relation of Some Yeares Travaile

Remapping Travel Narratives (1000-1700) : To the East and Back Again

Arc Humanities Press, 2018

Book chapter

...In his travel account of his journey to Safavid Persia in 1626, A Relation of Some Yeares Travaile, Thomas Herbert includes a summary of a heartbreaking episode from Abolqasem Ferdowsi’s medieval epic poem, Shahnameh. This poetic meditation...

Anna Komnene’s Periautologia

Structure and Features of Anna Komnene’s Alexiad : Emergence of a Personal History

Amsterdam University Press, 2019

Book chapter

...We must therefore look warily to ourselves when we recount praise received from others and see that we do not allow any taint or suggestion of self-love and self-praise to appear, lest we be thought to make Patroclus our excuse, a while we...