A Short History of Byzantium

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A Short History of Byzantium (1997) is a history of the Byzantine Empire by historian John Julius Norwich. It is a condensed version of his earlier three-volume work on the same subject, published from 1988 to 1995 in 1200 pages, which is approximately one page per year of historical time covered.

Topics covered include the struggle between the iconoclasts and the iconodules, which was won by the former. That explains why there is so little extant Byzantine religious art.

The condensed version was published by Viking originally in London, then by Knopf in New York.