This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text.
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book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not
illustrated. 1900 edition. Excerpt: ... BYZANTINE HISTOEY IN THE
EAELY MIDDLE AGES In one of the most suggestive of his essays,
Professor Freeman calls the Roman Empire on the Bosphorus "the
surest witness to the unity of history."1 And Professor Bury, whose
great work has done so much to develop that truth, insists that the
old Roman Empire did not cease to exist until the year 1453, when
Mohammed the Conqueror stormed Constantinople. The line of Roman
emperors, he says, "continued in unbroken succession from Octavius
Augustus to Constantine Palaeologus."2 Since George Finlay, nearly
fifty years ago, first urged this truth on public attention, all
competent historians have recognised the continuity of the
civilisation which Constantine seated on the Golden Horn; and they
have done justice to its many services to the West as well as to
the East.3 But the nature of that continuity, the extent of these
services, are still but dimly understood by the general public.
Prejudice, bigotry, and rhetoric have done much to warp the popular
conception of one of the chief keys to general history. In spite of
all that scholars have said, the old sophism lingers on that the
empire and civilisation of Rome ended with Romulus Augustulus in
476, until, in a sense, it was revived by the great Charles; that,
in the meanwhile, a vicious and decaying parody of the Empire eked
out its contemptible life on the Bosphorus. Such was the language
of the popular writers of the last century, and Gibbon himself did
something to encourage this view. When, in his 48th chapter, he
talked of Byzantine annals as "a tedious and uniform tale of
weakness and misery," and saw that he still had more than eight
centuries of the history of the world to compress into his last two
volumes, we suspect that the great...
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