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Byzantium and Asia. An Attempt at Reconceptualisation

Rustam Shukurov    ABF, IMAFO, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien    

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Thanks to the contribution of many generations of scholars, Byzantium is now considered as one of the major pivots of Western medieval civilisation. Yet, Archaic and Classical Antiquity, as well as the Hellenistic and Roman epochs absorbed a great deal of ‘Asian’ traditions, which established an indissoluble bond between Byzantium and the Perso‑Semitic East and Scythian North. The Byzantines accumulated in themselves much of the ‘Asian’ in the modern sense of the term. My aim in this paper is to outline and to reappraise those multifaceted connections that continued to link medieval Hellenism with the Persian, Arabic, and Turkic East.

Published
Aug. 22, 2022
Accepted
May 12, 2022
Submitted
Nov. 2, 2021
Language
EN
ISBN (EBOOK)
978-88-6969-590-2

Keywords: PersianTurkishArabicByzantine identityAsiaByzantium

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