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A New Herodotos

Laonikos Chalkokondyles on the Ottoman Empire, the Fall of Byzantium, and the Emergence of the West

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Publication Date: 12/08/2014

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  • Preface and Acknowledgments
  • 1. From Nikolaos to Laonikos
    • The Life of Nikolaos Chalkokondyles
    • Laonikos the Athenian
    • A Note on the History of the Text of the Histories
  • 2. The Marriage of Herodotos and Thucydides
    • The Structure and Contents of the Histories
    • Style and Approach: Thucydides
    • Modalities and Templates: Herodotos
    • Laonikos’s Manuscript of Herodotos
  • 3. Geography and Ethnography
    • Narrative Structures
    • Geography
    • Neo-Herodotean Ethnography
    • The Functions of an Archaic Political Landscape
    • The “Illyrian” Question and the Origin of the Slavs
    • Laonikos’s Sources for the West
    • Florence and Venice: Sources and Politics
  • 4. Religion, Islam, and the Turks
    • Laonikos’s Religious Outlook
    • The Representation of Islam
    • Laonikos as an Early Ottoman Historian
    • Ottoman Institutions and the “Raiders”: Gazi or Akıncı?
    • East and West, Asia and Europe: The Turks as Barbarians
    • The Classical Tyranny of Mehmed II
  • 5. Between Greeks and Romans
    • Greeks and Romans: A Reading of the Preface
    • Who are Laonikos’s Romans?
    • Hellenocentrism vs. Hellenocriticism
    • The Intended Audience of the Histories
  • 6. Plethon, Laonikos, and the Birth of Neohellenism
    • Master and Student: Plethon and Laonikos
    • The Colonial Imposition of a Greek Identity on Byzantium
    • The Modern Legacy of Late Byzantine Neohellenism
  • Epilogue
  • Appendices
    • Appendix 1: Laonikos of Athens Was Not Laonikos of Chania
    • Appendix 2: Laonikos’s Knowledge of Fourteenth-Century Athenian History
    • Appendix 3: Herodotean Expressions in Laonikos
    • Appendix 4: The Known History of Laur. 70.6 between 1318 and 1480
  • Abbreviations
  • Bibliography
  • Index locorum
  • General Index

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