By Nigel G. Wilson
Hide is from new edition, yet no identified distinction among editions
Will be of use more often than not for people with Greek, as except short introductions there aren't any translations. statement is reasonably limited to choosing historic occasions, rare phrases and usages, and citations of quotations or paraphrases.
Highly legible, together with all diacritical marks. in spite of the fact that, no longer OCR'ed in Greek language.
From the introduction:
This e-book is meant for college kids and students who would
like to benefit concerning the Byzantine international from basic sources.
It has been designed in general if you already recognize some
classical Greek, yet i am hoping that it could additionally tempt medieval
historians and scholars of contemporary Greek literature to make
their first direct acquaintance with an surprisingly fascinating
period of history.
My item has been to choose from prose writers a number
of consultant extracts to be able to provide a common picture
of Byzantine lifestyles and tradition. the single present anthology
of this sort is a bit ebook by way of G. Soyter, Byzantinische Ge-
schichtsschreiber, Heidelberg 1929, which turns out to me too
short and restricted in scope to be satisfactory.
In the choice right here provided to the reader the historians
claim the lion's percentage. that's purely to be anticipated. Although
they quite often started working with the slender goal of writing
military and political historical past, they approved themselves
digressions from the most subject matter that are admirably suited
for inclusion the following. there's additionally little question that the historians
are the easiest writers of medieval Greece. basically their works
can stand the attempt of being translated right into a sleek language
for the advantage of a much broader viewers than expert scholars.
Of the opposite literary kinds the letter is better represented, and
throughout the interval it used to be practised with good fortune by way of school
masters, bishops, statesmen or even emperors.
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His voluminous writings include sermons, letters, a new edition of the code of canon law, an Atticist lexicon (of which the first complete manuscript was discovered in Macedonia in 1969), and the Bibliotheca, from which some extracts are given here. This consists of 280 sections (sometimes referred to as 'codices'), each naming a book that he had read and giving some account of its content and literary merit. These reviews, which seem to be the earliest of the kind, cover a very wide range of literature, of which nearly half is classical.
An Anthology of Byzantine Prose by Nigel G. Wilson