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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Heresy of the Bogomils: This edition also includes maps, appendices, genealogical tables, a bibliography and indexes of events and names.

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It is one of aexiad finest Penguin Classics in print, and easily replaces Sewter’s original version. Reading the Alexiad can be great fun, provided one has the patience and perseverence to soldier through the muddled geography, chronology and endless details of Alexius’s campaigns.

Frankopan also includes a bibliographic essay at the start of the text which provides a useful summary of the most recent and important scholarship. Arnhem, Van Loghum Slaterus, Preamble to Anna’s testament, pp. Anna Komnene’s somewhat unusual style of writing history has been attributed to her gender.

Her pride and admiration for her father’s achievements are palpable and despite her endless protestations that she writes nothing but the unvarnished truth, she is ann to resist the urge to praise him to the heavens. Although Anna Komnene explicitly states her intention to record true events, important issues of bias do exist.

The Alexiad by Anna Comnena

Anna Komnene’s writings are xnna major source of information on her father, Alexios I of the Byzantine Empire. Assesses the Alexiad from the standpoint of Aristotelian unities, and sees real artistry in Anna’s execution of her plan.


It is w This is an epic tale that narrates the campaigns that Alexios I Komnenos carried out against the numerous enemies that the Byzantine Empire had.

And rumors abounded as to how Maria and Anna, in her turn exacted a promise from him. The footnotes assumed I’d need help figuring out who the Gorgon was, and other references to Greek mythology, but provided no assistance with any of the Byzantine names, titles, dates, or battles. The essays on Greek fire and the Byzantine navy are gone, which is fine because they both include much old scholarship. Return to Book Page. May 06, Ned rated it really liked it Recommends it for: Anna treated her father during his final illness.

Modern Greek] Translated by Aloe Sideri. No permission is granted for commercial use. Explicit mentions in the text of her engagement, her role as a wife, and the commentary on her female modesty that influences her writing make Anna’s authorship of the Alexiad “unmistakable”, according to some.

I am reviewing this particular edition of her work. Apr 01, Josh Derrick rated it liked it Shelves: Fairly dry, but it aleexiad its moments. The Alexiad is large and dense, seems relatively well-researched, and while undoubtedly biased she’s writing about her dad, people deserves to be called a “history” or at least a “biography” rather than a panegyric a document or speech extolling the virtues of someone or something.

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Buckler, of course, did not identify quotations and ana references – which are the job kombene the translator. He therefore turned the civil government over to his wife, Irene; she in turn directed the administration to Bryennios.

She has quite a long rant 6. The chapters covering the early part of Alexius’ reign would clearly have been based on accounts set kommene before Anna was born and during her childhood and these are in places confused to the point that they are almost impossible to follow, particularly her accounts of military campaigns. The real valuable addition lies in Frankopan’s excellent notes. Full review now available on Alexiac Novels.


Anna Komnena is an inco this gets 4 stars for the edition, not the text which is fine. Dec 15, The Book Goddess rated it really liked it Shelves: It’s a crucial look into a It’s kind of hard to “review” primary sources. What one might give for an hour on the Bosporus with Anna Comneni, daughter of the Emperor of the Romans. This etext slightly alters the organization and much of the typography of the xnna edition.

Byzantine power resurgent, the beginning of the crusades, the Seljuq dynasty and the Sultanate of Rum, power struggles within the Orthodox Church, tensions ethnic, religious, political between Byzantine Rome and Western European powers It is worth noting that Anna was a woman of great intelligence and culture, showing an erudition in Byzantine literature, history, geography, mythology, philosophy, theology, astronomy and medicine.

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In fact, it is not quite a monograph and not quite an “encyclopedia of Anna. The Alexiad, the writing of Ammianus Marcellinus, and Tacitus will give you three different views of the Roman Empire alexkad three different stages in its life.

This text is part of the Internet Medieval Source Book.