Nessuno, dai tempi di Traiano, riuscì a conquistare così tanti territori come l’imperatore Giustiniano: cresciuto tra la caduta dell’impero romano d’Occidente e l’espansionismo islamico del VII secolo, il suo dominio si estese lungo tutto il Mediterraneo. Divenuto celebre per la riconquista dell’Italia, per le campagne militari in Nord Africa, per la costruzione di monumenti spettacolari come la basilica di Santa Sofia e per le chiese della Ravenna bizantina, il suo impero fu contrassegnato anche da momenti oscuri e drammatici: le lotte intestine per la conquista del potere, i conflitti religiosi, la devastante pandemia di peste che lo flagellò. Con talento narrativo, appassionato utilizzo delle fonti antiche e uso originale delle più recenti scoperte archeologiche, Peter Heather introduce i lettori a un capitolo ingiustamente trascurato del nostro passato, dimostra che Giustiniano fu più che un’anomalia tra l’era di Attila e quella di Maometto e offre nuove e fondamentali interpretazioni sulle politiche, le strategie e il pensiero di un gigante della storia il cui impero fu l’ultimo atto della romanità universale e l’alba di una nuova compagine storica, destinata a durare nei secoli.
- ISBN: 8811605261
- Casa Editrice: Garzanti
- Pagine: 504
- Data di uscita: 01-07-2021
Excellent reinterpretation of Justinian's reign, wars and legacy; put in context and showing how his reconquest policy evolved by chance after the comprehensive but unexpected victory against the Vandals and the retaking of North Africa for the Empire and also how the resurgence of the Persian Empir Leggi tutto
Justinian generally has a glowing historical reputation (as far as modern society thinks about Byzantine emperors), but Heather isn’t having it. Justinian was successful militarily, recapturing both North Africa and Italy for the Empire, reforming the legal system, keeping a lid on church factionalis Leggi tutto
Is it really just or appropriate to view this book as a book about Rome, seeing as it is a generally praiseworthy effort to place the conquests of Justinian in the context of the internal politics of legitimacy in the Byzantine Empire as well as the grand strategic efforts of the Byzantines with Per Leggi tutto
I’ve read several books by Peter Heather and I consider him the master of this period of Roman and European history (I believe it’s known as Late Antiquity these days as “the Dark Ages” is now considered a completely misleading term). Some of the material in this book overlaps with two other books b Leggi tutto
If one should name one Byzantine emperor, it will be most likely Justinian I, or sometimes called 'Justinian the Great'. Indeed, during his reign (527AD - 568 AD) Justinian and his brilliant military commander Belisarius have achieved a lot: building of the Hagia Sophia, a new codification of Roman
This is an excellent overview of the reign of Emperor Justinian. Focusing principally on the military aspects of Justinian's leadership, this book takes a close look at each of the various campaigns of Belisarius, as well as providing a great deal of analysis on the question of whether the Roman Emp Leggi tutto
Not good as his other books. Concentrated on a geographical narrative as opposed to a chronological narrative. This forced the author to discuss how event in one location were effected by concurrent events elsewhere. The book is full of phrases like (will discuss in chapter #) or as seen in chapter
This is a really good book, but having read some of Heather's other, longer works on Medieval Europe, parts of this read like a rehash (in particular, there is definitely some overlap with The Restoration of Rome). Heather's main contention is that the notion that Justinian always intended to recrea Leggi tutto
I'd give this 4 and a half if that were possible. This is a very interesting look at the reign of Justinian, the "last great Roman emperor." Heather makes a convincing case that instead of obsessively following a grand plan, Justinian took advantage of events, the general situation as he found it, an Leggi tutto
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