Late Antiquity in Byzantium

Petre Guran

in The Oxford Handbook of Late Antiquity

Published in print October 2012 | ISBN: 9780195336931
Published online November 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Late Antiquity in Byzantium


This article discusses the history of Byzantium in Late Antiquity, distinguishing elements from the late antique centuries from those of classical culture. From classical antiquity the Byzantines inherited a language and its written production, a portion of the ancient content and method of education, philosophical speculation (with an emphasis on Plato and Platonism), a general interest in things past (which is secular historiography), and the organization of society by written law. From Late Antiquity it inherited a new religion—Christianity—and the cultural universe produced by the practice of this religion for several centuries.

Keywords: Byzantines; late antique period; classical antiquity; religion; Christianity

Article.  11294 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Classical Reception

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