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7 Byzantium books to read after seeing new double Getty exhibits



Icon with the Archangel Michael, about A.D. 1300–1350, Constantinople; tempera and gold on wood. Gift of a Greek of Istanbul, 1958
Icon with the Archangel Michael, about A.D. 1300–1350, Constantinople; tempera and gold on wood. Gift of a Greek of Istanbul, 1958
Courtesy Byzantine & Christian Museum, Athens.

A short list of books on Byzantium from Off-Ramp contributor Marc Haefele to accompany his review of the Getty Center and Villa's first simultaneous show: Heaven and Earth.

Original history by Byzantine writers:

Four great novels about the Byzantine Empire:

Heaven and Earth: Art of Byzantium from Greek Collections, is at the Getty Villa through August 25. Heaven and Earth: Byzantine Illumination at the Cultural Crossroads, is at the Getty Center through June 22.