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Scholars of Byzantium


Bloomsbury 1996

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N.G. Wilson gives “an account of what happened to Greek literature from the end of the ancient world until the time of its reappearance in western Europe during the Renaissance.” Since the Byzantine Empire is usually regarded for preserving this cultural inheritance, he sets out to “explain why the Byzantines thought it worthwhile to act as they did and how they set about their task.” He touches on literature, history of education, book makers, language script, school curricula, and much more over the course of a millennium from the schools of Late Antiquity to the Palaeologan Revival.

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Key Features

  • Discusses what happened to Greek literature from the end of the ancient world until the Renaissance
  • Explores the Byzantines’ motivation for preserving this cultural inheritance
  • Provides insight into the history of education over this period


  • Introduction
  • The Schools of Late Antiquity
  • Dark Ages and Iconoclasm
  • A New Start
  • Photius
  • Arethas
  • From Arethas’ Contemporaries to the End of the Tenth Century
  • The Eleventh Century
  • From Alexius Comnenus to the Fourth Crusade
  • Greek in Italy and Sicily
  • Disaster and Recovery
  • The Palaeologan Revival
  • The Epigoni

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About N.G. Wilson

N.G. Wilson is emeritus fellow of Lincoln College at the University of Oxford.

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