Βυζαντιναι Μελεται [Byzantine Studies]...

Athens, Christos Nikolaidos, 1857.

8vo, pp. 696, [50]; Greek letter; title and a few leaves of text foxed; a very good, clean, wide-margined copy preserving the rear original wrapper, bound in half morocco with marbled paper boards; rubbed, upper joint cracked but firm.

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First edition. Spyros Zampelios was a champion of the continuity theory in the history of the Greek nation in the crucial decades of the mid nineteenth century, and the first Greek historian to adopt a tripartite examination of historical periods, divided into ancient, medieval and modern Hellenism. In this work he considers Byzantium as a part of Greece, positing that ancient Greek civilization had not faded away in the Byzantine Empire, but had been rather been creatively reshaped as it met Christianity.  This approach stood in direct opposition to the then prevalent ideas of the German historian Jakob Fallmerayer, who maintained that Greece had declined due to the annexation of its territories by the Slavic and Albanian peoples, and that the Byzantine Empire was simply the continuance of Roman conquest over Greek populations. Zampelios’s view of an unbroken continuity from Anciet to Byzantine to modern Greece was distilled in his new coinage, the adjective ‘Hellenochristianikos’, introduced in this work, p. 464.

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