By Alexander P. Kazhdan
The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium is a three-volume, accomplished dictionary of Byzantine civilization. the 1st source of its style within the box, it positive factors over 5,000 entries written through a world crew of eminent Byzantinists masking all points of lifestyles within the Byzantine international. in line with Alexander Kazhdan, editor-in-chief of the Dictionary: "Entries on patriarchy and emperors will coexist with entries on surgical procedure and musical tools. An access at the cultivation of grain won't basically be attached to entries on agriculture and its economics yet on vitamin, the baking of bread, and the position of bread during this altering society." significant entries deal with such issues as agriculture, paintings, literature, and politics, whereas shorter entries learn themes that relate to Byzantium comparable to the background of Kiev and personalities of historic and biblical historical past. every one article is by way of a bibliography, and diverse maps, tables, architectural designs, and genealogies strengthen and make clear the textual content. the hot Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium stands out as the commonplace study instrument and reference paintings for Byzantinists from graduate scholars to complex students, and a vital source for faculty and faculty libraries. it is going to even be a useful advisor for classicists, Western medievalists, Islamicists, Slavicists, paintings historians, spiritual historians, and students of archaeology.