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The Oxford dictionary of Byzantium
Kazhdan, A.P.(Alexander Petrovich), 1922-
Publication Information:
New York; Oxford : Oxford University Press , 1991.
Physical Description:
3 v. (li, 2232 p.) : ill., maps ; 27 cm.
General Note:
"Prepared at Dumbarton Oaks."


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Book BILKUTUP0074038 REF/DF521 .O98 1991 V.1 (SET) Central Campus Library
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The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium is a three-volume, comprehensive dictionary of Byzantine civilization. The first resource of its kind in the field, it features over 5,000 entries written by an international group of eminent Byzantinists covering all aspects of life in the Byzantine world. According to Alexander Kazhdan, editor-in-chief of the Dictionary: "Entries on patriarchy and emperors will coexist with entries on surgery and musical instruments. An entry on the cultivation of grain will not only be connected to entries on agriculture and its economics but on diet, the baking of bread, and the role of bread in this changing society."
Major entries treat such topics as agriculture, art, literature, and politics, while shorter entries examine topics that relate to Byzantium such as the history of Kiev and personalities of ancient and biblical history. Each article is followed by a bibliography, and numerous maps, tables, architectural designs, and genealogies reinforce and clarify the text.
The new Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium will be the standard research tool and reference work for Byzantinists from graduate students to advanced scholars, and an essential resource for college and school libraries. It will also be an invaluable guide for classicists, Western medievalists, Islamicists, Slavicists, art historians, religious historians, and scholars of archaeology.

Table of Contents

UK-based Contributors
Senior Lecturer in Medieval History, University of EdinburghThomas S. Brown
Professor Emeritus of Classics, University of LondonRobert Browning
Curator of Early Christian and Byzantine Collections, British MuseumDavid Buckton
Lecturer in Arab-Islamic Medicine, Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, LondonLawrence I. Conrad
Lecturer in Russian, University of CambridgeSimon Franklin
Professor Emeritus of Numismatics,University of CambridgePhilip Grierson
Lecturer in Art History, University of LondonJohn Lowden
Honorary Lecturer in Byzantine Studies and Modern Greek, University of St AndrewsR. J. Macrides
Lecturer in Medieval History, University of St AndrewsPaul Magdalino
Bywater and Sotheby Professor ofByzantine and Modern Greek Language and Literature, University of OxfordCyril Mango
Art historian, OxfordMarlia Mango
Professor Emeritus of Russian and Balkan History, University of OxfordSir Dimitri Obolensky
Fellow and Tutor in Classics, University of OxfordNigel Wilson