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By Nigel G. Wilson

Conceal is from new edition, yet no identified distinction among editions
Will be of use mostly for people with Greek, as except short introductions there aren't any translations. remark within reason constrained to picking out historic occasions, rare phrases and usages, and citations of quotations or paraphrases.

Highly legible, together with all diacritical marks. notwithstanding, no longer OCR'ed in Greek language.


From the introduction:

This publication is meant for college students and students who would
like to profit concerning the Byzantine global from basic sources.
It has been designed frequently in the event you already be aware of some
classical Greek, yet i'm hoping that it may possibly additionally tempt medieval
historians and scholars of recent Greek literature to make
their first direct acquaintance with an strangely fascinating
period of history.
My item has been to choose between prose writers a number
of consultant extracts for you to supply a normal picture
of Byzantine existence and tradition. the one latest anthology
of this sort is a bit booklet by way of G. Soyter, Byzantinische Ge-
schichtsschreiber, Heidelberg 1929, which turns out to me too
short and restricted in scope to be satisfactory.
In the choice right here provided to the reader the historians
claim the lion's proportion. that's purely to be anticipated. Although
they ordinarily got to work with the slender target of writing
military and political historical past, they authorized themselves
digressions from the most subject matter that are admirably suited
for inclusion right here. there's additionally no doubt that the historians
are the easiest writers of medieval Greece. purely their works
can stand the try of being translated right into a glossy language
for the advantage of a much wider viewers than expert scholars.
Of the opposite literary varieties the letter is healthier represented, and
throughout the interval it used to be practised with good fortune through school
masters, bishops, statesmen or even emperors.

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5 Anthemius of Tralles, one of the architects of Hagia Sophia, demonstrates an application of steam power. Ol Kal sr, a\J-r{Ka i\ei\e~e-rat. &vf}p 71S ~V Bv~av-rf Zf}vwv 12 Pind. lsthm. 1. (as &rrip-repov. Eur. El. 509 1r6:pepy' 6Sov. Ieva are Attic words and idioms, not the content of the books. :l: 'meditate, Study'; in this sense also at 1. 20. 3. avtooiJat: this ought to be optative; he means 'I should be in difficulties'. 22 SVT)mx6e(as is the reading of what appears to be a short quotation in an etymologikon; the manuscripts have Sva;ra6e(as.

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