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The Alexiad

Anna Komnene ; translated by E.R.A. Sewter
Format
Book
Published
London ; New York : Penguin, 2009.
Edition
Rev. ed. / rev. with introduction and notes by Peter Frankopan
Language
Translated from the Ancient Greek
Uniform Title
Alexiad English
Series
Penguin Classics
ISBN
9780140455274, 0140455272
Related Resources
Table of contents
Summary
Anna Comnena (1083-1153) wrote The Alexiad as an account of the reign of her father, the Byzantine Emperor Alexius I. It is also an important source of information on the Byzantine war with the Normans, and on the First Crusade in which Alexius participated. While the Byzantines were allied to the Crusaders, they were nonetheless critical of their behaviour and Anna's book offers a startlingly different perspective to that of Western historians. Her character sketches are shrewd and forthright - from the Norman invader Robert Guiscard ('nourished by manifold evil') and his son Bohemond ('like a streaking thunderbolt') to Pope Gregory VII ('unworthy of a high priest'). The Alexiad is a vivid and dramatic narrative, which reveals as much about the character of its intelligent and dynamic author as it does about the fascinating period through which she lived. - Publisher.
Contents
  • Introduction
  • Further reading
  • Notes on translation and transliteration
  • Maps
  • The Alexiad
  • Byzantine rulers
  • Family trees
  • Notes
  • Glossary.
Description
xxxi, 584 pages : genealogical tables, maps ; 20 cm.
Notes
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Technical Details
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