By Timothy E. Gregory
This revised and multiplied version of the widely-praised A historical past of Byzantium covers the time of Constantine the nice in advert 306 to the autumn of Constantinople in 1453. * Expands remedy of the center and later Byzantine sessions, incorporating new archaeological facts* comprises extra maps and pictures, and a newly annotated, up to date bibliography* encompasses a new part on internet assets for Byzantium reviews* Demonstrates that Byzantium used to be very important in its personal correct but in addition served as a bridge among East and West and historic and sleek society* Situates Byzantium in its broader old context with a brand new comparative timeline and textboxes
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There was hope of such unification. Salvation was seen as “ascent” and was viewed as essentially an intellectual operation. Especially in its later forms, Neoplatonism was frequently connected with magic and theurgy. GNOSTICISM Gnosticism (from the word gnosis, “knowledge”) is a modern term for a number of related approaches to religion and religious experience, from the Hellenistic period onward. Gnosticism is poorly understood, in part because it is not a 32 THE CRISIS OF THE THIRD CENTURY single phenomenon and in part because most of the books in which it was expounded were destroyed by the Christians.
These sometimes tiny churches, often described as “jewel-like,” were commonly domed and their interiors symbolized the entire universe, with the Pantokrator (Christ, as Ruler of All) depicted in the dome and scenes from the Bible and regiments of individual saints painted or depicted in mosaic on the surfaces of architecturally important parts of the building. The worshipers stood in this sacred space, on the lowest level but still part of the elaborate and ongoing relationship between heaven and earth.
M. Julius Philippus, usually known as Philip the Arab, was appointed to succeed the loyal Timistheus. Philip was the son of an Arab sheik and he had already attained a high position in Rome. He seems to have begun plotting against the emperor almost immediately. Food shortages among the army gave him an opportunity and, when Gordian III was assassinated by the troops in March of 244, Philip became emperor. Philip wished most of all to have his position confirmed by the Senate, so he made a hasty peace with the Persians and returned quickly to Rome.
A History of Byzantium (Blackwell History of the Ancient World) by Timothy E. Gregory