Title JOHN LYDUS AND THE ROMAN PAST Antiquarianism and Politics in the Age of Justinian
Book Condition Very Good in Very Good+ dust jacket
Publisher Routledge 1992
0415060214 / 9780415060219
Seller ID 5454
Light spotting to top of textblock. Very light shelfwear to DJ. Small knock to middle of foreedge of front board else Fine. ; 220 pages; John Lydus, a retired official at Justinian's court in the mid-6th century, is an important, neglected source for the study of the fate of the classical legacy in the newly Christianized Roman empire, Byzantium.
Examining his work On Portents, On the Months and On Magistracies, Michael Maas establishes Lydus as a credible witness to the political and cultural milieu in the age of Justinian--at the moment when the state re-historicized itself and its Roman legacy in Christian terms. Within a few generations, addressing antiquity from a non-Christian viewpoint would have been unthinkable. From his place on the edge of this shifting paradigm, Lydus' writings help us to see the emergence of medieval Byzantium through Roman eyes.
Byzantine Empire Political Science Roman History Byzantine Studies Late Antiquity Justinian John Lydus Paganism Early Christianity