John Lydus and the Roman Past: Antiquarianism and Politics in the Age of Justinian, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

John Lydus and the Roman Past

Antiquarianism and Politics in the Age of Justinian, 1st Edition

By Michael Maas

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220 pages

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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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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HIS002000
HISTORY / Ancient / General