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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Open Preview See a Problem? In the AlexiadAnna provided insight on political relations and wars between Alexios I and the West. Luckily she makes it clear when she’s motivated primarily by contempt, which is the norm when she’s discussing a non-Greek, if the individual is good looking Anna is much more charitable. While the entries are brief, they are sufficient.

I also really loved reading about Anna’s grandmother and mother. This edition also includes maps, appendices, genealogical tables, a bibliography and indexes of events and names.

Byzantium and the Crusader States, Who Wrote the Alexiad? This work is one of the main sources on the history of the Byzantine Empire. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Anna wrote the Alexiad in the mids or s. Unless otherwise indicated the specific electronic form of the document is copyright. This page was last edited on 15 Novemberat By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.


Quotes from The Alexiad. Anna does this more than any other historian. In fact, it is not quite a monograph and not quite an “encyclopedia of Anna. Her style is noteworthy in that it included both a history of her father’s actions during the First Crusade, and her reactions to some of these events. His daughter Anna wrote his biography. It’s kind of hard to “review” primary sources.

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While the core of E. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Penguin’s refusal to print the canonical reference for each book and chapter, however, severely limits the utility of the text.

Michel Apexiad, Lettres et discours. John Komnenos brother of Isaac I Komnenos. By doing this he is able to address some of the reasons Anna might have arranged events as she did — as well as accusations about her “misinformation” by modern authors such as John France.

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The Alexiad by Anna Comnena

Thanks to Anna Comnena, we don’t have to wonder. And that is the great disappointment of her book, here for the only time annq get the voice and opinion of a woman of the Imperial household, only she is not very interested in talking about being a woman in the Imperial household, her father – unlike her younger brother who got to be the next Emperor – is presented as an exemplary figure so znna also keeps us at arms length from the doubts and political infighting behind the decision making.


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Western Michigan University, According to SmytheAnna “felt cheated” because she “should have inherited. Buckler, of course, did not identify quotations and text references – which are the job of the translator.

Alexius also steered the First Crusade through his realm. As it was, all I learned was that they were really, really into gouging out eyes.

Assesses the Alexiad from the standpoint of Aristotelian unities, and sees real artistry in Anna’s execution of her plan. Books by Anna Comnena.

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I came to this young, a lucky chance. The fact of having written this work made her one of the first Western women historians. In Edgington, Susan B. Edited as Komene with French trans. The nice thing about the Alexiad is that the personality of its writer comes through and we get a real impression of the Byzantine princess who wrote this account of her father’s reign.