n Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa - A Companion to Byzantium, Liz James (Ed.) : book review

Volume 56, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1141
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Liz James (pp. 1-8) defines her edition of as a 'pro-Byzantium' work, thereby strongly criticising and rejecting the Western European viewpoint that 'the classics and the Renaissance are the two high points of civilization' and that 'Byzantium is neither'. Therefore she stresses that Byzantium should not be measured against what 'we' believe quality to be, but that one should try to understand Byzantium in its own terms, that is, 'to consider how it used and developed its Greco-Roman heritage into something different but nevertheless worth our attention' (pp. 3, 7).

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