John Lydus and the Roman Past


Book Details

Author  Michael Maas
Publisher  Routledge
Publication Date   August 17, 2005
Pages  210


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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