The Byzantine Hellene -

The Byzantine Hellene

The Life of Emperor Theodore Laskaris and Byzantium in the Thirteenth Century



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This book tells the extraordinary story of Theodore II Laskaris, an emperor who ruled over the Byzantine state of Nicaea established in Asia Minor after the fall of Constantinople to the crusaders in 1204. Theodore Laskaris was a man of literary talent and keen intellect. His action-filled life, youthful mentality, anxiety about communal identity (Anatolian, Roman, and Hellenic), ambitious reforms cut short by an early death, and thoughts and feelings are all reconstructed on the basis of his rich and varied writings. His original philosophy, also explored here, led him to a critique of scholasticism in the West, a mathematically inspired theology, and a political vision of Hellenism. A personal biography, a ruler's biography, and an intellectual biography, this highly illustrated book opens a vista onto the eastern Mediterranean, Anatolia, and the Balkans in the thirteenth century, as seen from the vantage point of a key political actor and commentator.

Product code: 9781108480710

ISBN 9781108480710
No. Of Pages 460
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Dimensions (HxWxD in mm) H254xW180xS26
The extraordinary life and writings of Theodore Laskaris, an imaginative philosopher-emperor ruling over a Byzantine state in exile after the disastrous Fourth Crusade, illuminate the transformation of the politics and culture of Byzantium and unveil little-known aspects of the medieval encounters between the Greek East and the Latin West.