||Daily Life in the Byzantine Empire.
Marcus Rautman, Greenwood Press, 2006.
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|In his book "Daily Life in the Byzantine Empire" Marcus Rautman has outdone himself. In this book, he has skillfully
brought together insights about the Byzantine way of life from various fields in a well-organized and easy to read
Reading the book, you can help but feel as if you are actually visiting the Byzantine Empire. There are sections of the
book that describe how Byzantines perceived life, their daily routines, the Byzantine family, and how life varied in
Constantinople, larger towns and the countryside. As well, there are special sections devoted to the lives of soldiers,
monks, artists and scholars. In these descriptions, Rautman explains how situation changed at different points in the
Empire’s long history.
If you would like a solid background on Byzantine society, read this book. You will not be disappointed.
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