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By The Confessor Theophanes, Harry Turtledove

The most vital illuminating resource that survived from the 2 centuries termed "the darkish a long time of Byzantium" is the chronicle of the monk Theophanes (d. 817 or 818). In it Theophanes paints a brilliant photograph of the Empire's fight within the 7th and 8th centuries either to resist international invasions and to quell inner spiritual conflicts. Theophanes's rigorously built chronological scheme used to be mined generally via later Byzantine and Western checklist keepers; his chronicle used to be used as a resource of knowledge in addition to a stylistic version. it's the framework upon which all Byzantine chronology for this era has to be based.

Important themes coated by way of the Chronicle include:

  • The Empire's fight to repel explosive Arab expansionism and the Bulgar invasion.
  • The iconoclastic controversy, which prompted civil struggle inside Byzantium and ended in schism among the church buildings of Constantinople and Rome.
  • The improvement of the Byzantine thematic approach, the executive and social constitution that might carry the Empire to the peak of its energy and prosperity.
  • Almost the entire assets utilized by Theophanes have perished, leaving his chronicle because the most crucial historic literature from this era. Turledove's translation makes to be had in English this significant fundamental textual content for the research of medieval Byzantine civilization.

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