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Judith Herrin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691153018

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691153018.001.0001

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A Christian Millennium

A Christian Millennium

Greece in Byzantium—How the Empire Worked at its Edge

(p.3) 1 A Christian Millennium
Margins and Metropolis

Judith Herrin

Princeton University Press

This chapter focuses on the period when Greece was essentially a minor province of the Christian Roman empire of Byzantium. During “The Dark Ages,” there was a very slow and uncertain shift from a society organized according to the principles of the ancient world—a world of half-autonomous cities—to one dominated by the Byzantine Empire. The chapter first describes the upheavals that disrupted the empire during the first half of the seventh century before discussing how it regained stability during the late seventh and eighth centuries. It then considers the disastrous results of the Fourth Crusade for the empire and the emergence of Byzantium as a theocracy. It also examines how Byzantium reclaimed the provinces of Greece and how the Slavs were integrated into Byzantine society. It concludes with an overview of Byzantine economy, society, and culture during the period as well as the legacy of the Byzantine Empire.

Keywords:   theocracy, Greece, Byzantium, Dark Ages, Byzantine Empire, Fourth Crusade, Slavs, Byzantine economy, Byzantine society, Byzantine culture

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