Book Reviews
What Life Was Like Amid Splendor
and Intrigue - Byzantine Empire AD
330-1453.
Ellen Anker (ed.). Time-Life Books,1998.
Mark Merlino - Home page
The book "What Life Was Like Amid Splendor and Intrigue - Byzantine Empire AD 330-1453" truly does justice to its title.
It tells the story of Byzantium through richly informative and very colourful images and fascinating articles. There is not a page
in the book without at least one photo of a Byzantine sculpture, building, mosaic, tapestry, or jewel. What is refreshing is that
all of these images were produced in Byzantium, so this book allows the reader to form a perception of Byzantium based on
images that Byzantines made themselves.

As well, this book is a well-organized thematic introduction to life in Byzantium. It includes sections on the origins of
Byzantium, Imperial Women, Luxury goods, Soldiers, Religion, the End of the Empire, and much more. If you want to have
an enjoyable, educational and fun introduction to Byzantine Civilization, I highly recommend this book to you.