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

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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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