Anna Comnena. The Alexiad translated by. Elizabeth A. S. Dawes. In parentheses Publications. Byzantine Series. Cambridge, Ontario The Alexiad (Penguin Classics) [Anna Komnene, Peter Frankopan, E. R. A. Sewter] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. A revised edition of a. ‘The shining light of the world, the great Alexius’ Anna Comnena () wrote The Alexiad as an account of the reign of her father, the Byzantine Emperor .

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I’ll be spending some time writing the best review Anan ever written for a book as remarkably unknown as this one. It was there that she wrote this tale of her father. While the Roman historian Edward Gibbon saw this “gendered” narrative to betray “in every page the vanity of a female author”, [25] with some scholars agreed with him, [26] [27] other scholars claim that this style might be indicative of Anna’s mentor, Michael Psellos. The wildly inept bureaucracy and military leaders is laughable, and the author excuses each debacle as though somehow baffling.

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Following the collapse of the Roman Empire’s eastern frontier after the battle of Manzikert, a series of ineffectual emperors and a civil war made matters worse. Wikimedia Commons has media related to Alexias. I enjoyed the undercurrent of gleeful malice and all of the lurid eye-gouging, but I didn’t understand why everyone seemed to have the same name, why they had all married each other’s cousins, and why they all wanted to kill each other.


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The Alexiad is large and dense, seems relatively well-researched, and while undoubtedly biased she’s writing about her dad, people deserves to be called a “history” or at least a “biography” rather than a panegyric a document or speech extolling the virtues of someone or something.

Frankopan frequently compares Alexios’ treatment in the text to the techniques of the hagiographical tradition, while contrasting it with the generally negative portrait or outright absence of his successors Komnenee II and Manuel I.

From earliest childhood Anna was in daily contact with the leading figures of the Empire. Throughout the Alexiademphasis on Alexios as a “specifically Christian emperor,” morally, as well as politically laudable, is pervasive. The Alexiad documents the Byzantine Empire’s interaction with the Alexiac Crusade and highlights the conflicting perceptions of the East and West in the early 12th century.

She was considered an expert on gout.

Edited by Jan Olaf Rosenqvist. Translated into French by Henri Gregoire. Count Robert of Paris There seem to be constant hordes of enemies, external and internal whack a mole rebellions wnna, while every soldier to fight in their support needs to scrapped from the bottom of the barrel.

As usual, I am not reviewing Anna Komnene as an historian. In the AlexiadAnna describes the political and military history of the Byzantine Empire during the reign komnend her father, the Byzantine emperor, which makes it a reference on the Byzantium of the High Middle Ages. University of California, Berkeley, Nov 30, Hank rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s a crucial look into a pivotal era in the history of Europe, the Mediterranean, and the Middle East: Michel Italikos, Lettres et discours.


Tornikes went on to say that Anna “braced lomnene weakness of her soul” and studied the poetry “taking care not to be detected by her parents.

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May 23, Arthur Kyriazis rated it it was amazing. In the AlexiadAnna Komnene portrays gender and gender stereotypes in a unique way. Wel is het duidelijk dat je als gewone man in het Byzantijnse rijk maar al te gemakkelijk prooi kon alexad aan plunderende bendes van allerlei slag. From this history, it transpires that many crusaders were just keen to conquer any territory, Byzantine or Saracene.

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Internet History Sourcebooks

Byzanz und die Kreuzfahrerstaaten: This text is part of the Internet Medieval Source Book. Anna loved and admired her father, though she wished he had chosen her and her husband as successors, instead of her brother who she tried to usurp.

Several years after his birth, inJohn was designated emperor.

Manuel Erotikos Komnenos 4. According to SmytheAnna “felt cheated” because she “should have inherited.