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





ISBN 9780415862097
Published December 11, 2013 by Routledge
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.