A Byzantine Journey

A Byzantine Journey A high point of civilization and artistic accomplishment the Byzantine Empire has also been the object of great misunderstanding and prejudice This is a portrayal of its cultural history focusing on

  • Title: A Byzantine Journey
  • Author: John Ash
  • ISBN: 9781845113070
  • Page: 457
  • Format: Paperback
  • A high point of civilization and artistic accomplishment, the Byzantine Empire has also been the object of great misunderstanding and prejudice This is a portrayal of its cultural history, focusing on its surreal landscapes and fantastic monuments The book starts in Istanbul and crosses the Sea of Marmara to travel through Anatolia, the region of Asiatic Turkey which wasA high point of civilization and artistic accomplishment, the Byzantine Empire has also been the object of great misunderstanding and prejudice This is a portrayal of its cultural history, focusing on its surreal landscapes and fantastic monuments The book starts in Istanbul and crosses the Sea of Marmara to travel through Anatolia, the region of Asiatic Turkey which was the source of the Empire s wealth and manpower John Ash finds his way through a country of anachronisms and contrasts, of bloody feuds and frescoed cave churches, of saints and sinners, of emperors and sultans The book introduces the reader to an exotic cast of characters, including the impassioned aesthete Theophilus, the great mystical poet Rumi, the bishop and necromancer Theodore Santabarenos and the Empress Theophano.

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    1. John Ash undertakes a quest to traverse Anatolia (Modern day Turkey) the former heart of the much neglected and misrepresented Byzantine Empire. He goes to villages, to churches, to caves, all in an effort to prove that Byzantium was not a degenerate, backwards nation as it is often made out to be, but deserves our full respect as one of the most important Empires in history. Byzantium's roll in holding back the Muslim's from overrunning Europe and holding dear the classical artwork, literature [...]

    2. Starting from Istanbul, John Ash follows the remnants of Byzantium across Anatolian Turkey. Churches, palaces and lesser buildings or what remain of them draw him and his photographer companion into Cappadocia,While describing the ruins and their significance in the history of the former empire, Ash gives fascinating insight into the true nature of Rome in the East, which outshone and outlived its western counterpart centered on Rome.Ash challenges the view that Byzantium is synonymous with deca [...]

    3. I am distressed that eighteen years have elapsed since this book was published and the time I finally obtained and read it: it is a contemporary classic blending a polymath's knowledge of history and architecture with the pulsating pen of a fine poet: John Ash has re-kindled the glint of ancient mosaics in his prose. The more I read his account of the travel from Istanbul across the Bosphorus to Nicaea, then over the rocky escarpment to the Anatolian plain, the more I realize that I must one day [...]

    4. A wonderful tale of a man tracking down some of the far-flung ruins of Byzantium still visible in Turkey. And when they're no longer visible, John Ash fills in the missing history admirably, choosing his sources well. I am interested in Byzantine art, history, architecture - everything: I lived in Istanbul for 2 years in the 90s - and so one thing that pleased me about this book was that JA covered a lot of new ground for me, got to places I never got to, (and regretted not doing so) and tells o [...]

    5. Highly idiosyncratic travelogue that bored me with too much detail and too many names. If you have not trekked exactly Ash's path, it will be a confusing read.

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