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Byzantine Matters

Friday 28 March 2014

1 Hour


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Historian Professor Averil Cameron says there are many misconceptions about Byzantium and argues that it is important to integrate the civilization into wider histories. She explains why Byzantium should be central to debates about the relationships between West and East, Christianity and Islam, Catholicism and Eastern Orthodoxy and the ancient and medieval periods. Prejudices, says, Cameron still deform both popular and scholarly understanding of the Byzantine civilization.

Cameron is professor emeritus of late antique and Byzantine history at the University of Oxford and former warden of Keble College, Oxford. Her books include The Mediterranean World in Late Antiquity, The Byzantines, and The Later Roman Empire.