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Filled with unforgettable stories of emperors, generals, and religious patriarchs, as well as fascinating glimpses into the life of the ordinary citizen, Lost to the West reveals how much we owe to the Byzantine Empire that was the equal of any in its achievements, appetites, and enduring legacy.

For more than a millennium, Byzantium reigned as the glittering seat of Christian civilization. When Europe fell into the Dark Ages, Byzantium held fast against Muslim expansion, keeping Christianity alive.  Streams of wealth flowed into Constantinople, making possible unprecedented wonders of art and architecture. And the emperors who ruled Byzantium enacted a saga of political intrigue and conquest as astonishing as anything in recorded history.

Lost to the West
is replete with stories of assassination, mass mutilation and execution, sexual scheming, ruthless grasping for power, and clashing armies that soaked battlefields with the blood of slain warriors numbering in the tens of thousands.

From the Hardcover edition.

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Lost to the West
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What we never were taught
June 1st, 2015
Gives an appreciation for the eastern Roman empire, which in many ways accomplished so much,, so much longer than its western, jealous sibling.
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I did not know that
February 7th, 2015
I grew up equating Roman empire with Rome and the Catholic eduction I received did nothing to change that. The Roman Church could be said to have been a "winner" in the outcome of this story and it's the winners who write the history. Brownworth's enthusiasm and love for his topic certainly make up for the lapses in the editing. (otherwise 5 stars). I definitely recommend 'Norman Centuries' and both podcasts. I'd love to see his take on the Holy Roman Empire ans well as the Viking 'empires' of that era
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