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New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture

The Avar Siege of Constantinople in 626

History and Legend

Authors: Hurbanič, Martin

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  • Presents a systematic and interdisciplinary account of the history and legend of the Avar attack on Constantinople
  • Examines how the siege of Constantinople secured the city's status as the spiritual centre of the Byzantine Empire
  • Analyses how the siege transformed from being an historical event to being a timeless myth
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This book examines the Avar siege of Constantinople in 626, one of the most significant events of the seventh century, and the impact and repercussions this had on the political, military, economic and religious structures of the Byzantine Empire. The siege put an end to the power politics and hegemony of the Avars in South East Europe and was the first attempt to destroy Constantinople, the capital of the Eastern Roman Empire. Besides the far-reaching military factors, the siege had deeper ideological effects on the mentality of the inhabitants of the Empire, and it helped establish Constantinople as the spiritual centre of eastern Christianity protected by God and his Mother. Martin Hurbanič discusses, from a chronological and thematic perspective, the process through which the historical siege was transformed into a timeless myth, and examines the various aspects which make the event a unique historical moment in the history of mankind – a moment in which the modern story overlaps with the legend with far-reaching effects, not only in the Byzantine Empire but also in other European countries. 

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Martin Hurbanič is Associate Professor at Comenius University in Bratislava, Slovakia. 

Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)

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eBook $59.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-16684-7
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-16683-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Avar Siege of Constantinople in 626
Book Subtitle
History and Legend
Authors
Series Title
New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-16684-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-16684-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-16683-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
X, 361
Number of Illustrations
6 b/w illustrations, 9 illustrations in colour
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