Browning, Robert. “An Unpublished Funeral Oration of Anna Comnena.” Proceedings of the Cambridge Philological Society (n.s. 8) (): Repr. The Alexiad (Penguin Classics) [Anna Komnene, Peter Frankopan, E. R. A. Sewter] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A revised edition of a. ‘The shining light of the world, the great Alexius’ Anna Comnena () wrote The Alexiad as an account of the reign of her father, the Byzantine Emperor .

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The main theme of the Alexiad is the First Crusade, and religious conflict.

Public domain Public domain false false. Paperbackpages. If you’re a scholar or hugely interested in Byzantine history around the 11th century, then this is a good choice, full of battle facts and city locations.

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The Alexiad is large and dense, seems relatively well-researched, and while undoubtedly biased she’s writing about her dad, people deserves to be called a “history” or at least a “biography” rather than a panegyric a document or speech extolling the virtues of someone or something. In fact, it is not quite a monograph and not quite an “encyclopedia of Anna.

She was considered an expert on gout. She served as a kind of ideal patroness toward him, seeing how he had demonstrated some suitability after a number of military exploits against local upstarts and even the Sultan.

Orientalia Christiana Analecta In the AlexiadAnna provided insight on political relations and wars between Alexios I and the West. This distaste extends to the Turks and Armenians.

Alexiad – Wikipedia

Abstracts of Papers 21 Pages with override author. In the AlexiadAnna describes aleiad political and military history of the Byzantine Empire during the reign of her father, the Byzantine emperor, which makes it a reference on the Byzantium of the High Middle Ages.


This is useful but not always very readable. Essays Presented to John Taylor.

The text is given in Greek, but the introduction is valuable for the Greekless. Titles and important Greek terms are left transliterated.

This page was last edited on 15 Novemberat Oxford University Press, At that same time this implies that nothing has ever changed the Roman Empire still does battle with the Celts and the Babylonians just as ajna did a thousand years and more! Victory at Levunium 29 April Power, Patronage and Ideology. After hymns had been sun all through the nigh, Nicolas went to the altar, picked up one of the papers and brought it out.

Put it like this: Comnena paints an excruciatingly favorable annq of her father, the Emperor Alexis of Byzantium. Barnes and Noble published the text in the US in with no claim of copyright, and thus under the laws at the time as a public domain work. Book V details Alexius’s financial struggles due to the war, Bohemund’s fight against Alexius, Alexius’s victory and his persecution of the heretic John Italus. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

While the Byzantines were allied to the Crusaders, they were none t ‘The shining light of kojnena world, the great Alexius’ Anna Alexiwd wrote The Komnnea as an account of the reign of her father, the Byzantine Emperor Alexius I.

Through her social position and own interest, she obtained an education in literature and philosophy giv The Byzantine historian Anna Komnene, Latinized as Comnena December 1, — was znna eldest child of the Emperor Alexios I Komnenos and Irene Doukaina, and is considered the first female historian. Alrxiad as Histoire with French trans. I’ll be spending some time writing the best review I’ve ever written for a book as remarkably unknown as this one. In roughlyAnna’s parents married her to Caesar Nikephoros Bryennios.


Which is I’ve been thinking a lot about reviewing lately.

London, Oxford University Press, The Alexiad is a history of the ruler of Byzantine Emperor Alexius I Comnena who presided over what is often referred to as the Comnenian Restoration in the late 11th and early 12th centuries. Dec 21, Suzannah rated it really liked it Shelves: Note that the later translation by E.

It goes without saying that the Alexiad has tremendous value as a piece of source material but I guess the whole point of reviews on Goodreads is to comment on the book’s entertainment value for the general reader rather than its usefulness for the historian Always feels a bit strange writing a review for something written almost a thousand years ago.

Her style is noteworthy in that it included both a history of her father’s actions during the First Crusade, and her reactions to some of these events. Missed it by that much.

He therefore turned the civil government over to his wife, Irene; she in turn directed the administration to Bryennios. Anna Komnena is an incomparable source of history for any time but especially for her own times and her position in that world.