John Lydus and the Roman Past: Antiquarianism and Politics in the Age of Justinian

1st Edition

Michael Maas

Routledge
Published December 16, 2013
Reference - 220 Pages
ISBN 9780415862097 - CAT# Y152567

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Summary

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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