John Lydus and the Roman Past

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Author  Michael Maas
Publisher  Routledge
Publication Date   March 13, 1992
ISBN  0415060214
Pages  220

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John Lydus and the Roman Past offers a new interpretation of the emergence of Byzantine society as viewed through the eyes of John Lydus, a sixth-century scholar and civil servant. Maas show that control of classical inheritance was politically contested in the reign of Justinian. He demonstrates how the past could be used to convey legitimacy and social definition at a time of profound change.

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