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Byzantine Ideas of Persia, 650–1461

Byzantine Ideas of Persia, 650–1461

This book offers a comprehensive study into the perceptions of ancient and medieval Iran in the Byzantine empire, exploring the effects of Persian culture upon Byzantine intellectualism, society and culture.

Byzantine Ideas of Persia, 650-1461 focusses on the enduring position of ancient Persia in Byzantine cultural memory, encompassing both in the 'religious' and the 'secular' significance. By analysing a wide range of historical sources – from church literature to belles-lettres – this book examines the intricate relationship between ancient Persia and Byzantine cultural memory, as well as the integration and function of Persian motifs in the Byzantine mentality. Additionally, the author uses these sources to analyse thoroughly the knowledge Byzantines had about contemporary Iranian culture, the presence of ethnic Iranians, and the circulation and usage of the Persian language in Byzantium. Finally, this book concludes with an insightful exploration of the importance and influence of Iranian science on Byzantine scholars.

This book will appeal to scholars and studentsin the fields of Byzantine and Iranian History, particularly to those studying the cross-cultural and social influence between the two societies during the Middle Ages.

The Open Access version of this book, available at, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives (CC-BY-NC-ND) 4.0 license.

Edition 1st Edition
First Published 2023
eBook Published 12 December 2023
Pub. Location London
Imprint Routledge
Pages 288
eBook ISBN 9781003205197


chapter |12 pages


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chapter 1|29 pages

Sacred Persia

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chapter 2|15 pages

The pre-history of the Magi

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chapter 3|20 pages

The holy Persians

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chapter 4|18 pages

Memorising Persia

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chapter 5|21 pages

Activating memory

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chapter 6|18 pages

Vicissitudes of wisdom

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chapter 7|53 pages

Iranian actualities

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chapter |5 pages

A Greco-Iranian epilogue

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