Byzantine Studies and Other Essays

Byzantine Studies and Other Essays

Byzantine Studies and Other Essays

Byzantine Studies and Other Essays

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The purpose of this book is to make more readily available some of those lectures and articles of Professor Baynes which are of more general interest to students of the ancient and medieval world. The task of selection was difficult and imposed the sacrifice of papers that were either too long or too specialised for the scope of the volume which we had in mind. We are sorry to leave out 'The Military Operations of the Emperor Heraclius' (The United Services Magazine, xlvi and xlvii, 1913)--which was one of the first of Professor Baynes' notable contributions to Byzantine studies --and 'Constantine the Great and the Christian Church' (Proceedings of the British Academy, xv, 1929). We hope that it will be possible to republish these two papers in another volume.

The papers here reprinted have been selected with the help of Professor Baynes himself, and it is with his consent, also, that three unpublished papers are included. He had hoped to revise them all. Prolonged illness has made this task impossible. But the notes enclosed in square brackets call attention to such modifications as he has made in the text or represent the incorporation of fresh material. These notes, therefore, with one exception, are those of the author, not of the editors.

For nearly 80 years Professor Baynes was associated with the teaching staff of University College, London. His learning, breadth of vision, sense of duty and kindness made him a true custodian of the traditions of the College. We feel that this book would not be complete without his address 'The Custody of a Tradition' delivered to the University College Union on March 13th, 1942, when the College was in war-time residence at Bangor. We like to think that reprinted here it will make a particular appeal to present and future students of our College.

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