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The Empire That Would Not Die

The Paradox of Eastern Roman Survival, 640–740

The eastern Roman Empire was the largest state in western Eurasia in the sixth century. A century later, it was a fraction of its former size. Ravaged by warfare and disease, the empire seemed destined to collapse. Yet it did not die. John Haldon elucidates the factors that allowed the empire to survive against all odds into the eighth century.

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John Haldon is Professor of Byzantine History and Hellenic Studies at Princeton University.

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