Book ‘La Alexíada’ by Ana Comnena, the first great woman historian

Book ‘La Alexíada’ by Ana Comnena, the first great woman historian


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Attic of the Books, in his Tempus collection, he has just published ‘The Alexiad ',one of the great jewels of world literaturewritten around 1148 by the first great woman historian, Ana Comnena.

The work recounts the epic political career and turbulent campaigns of his father, Emperor Alexios I Komnenos, and is one of the main sources of information on the First Crusade and on the institution of medieval chivalry.

Narrated with a direct and elegant style that would inspiresir Walter Scott, The Alexiad gives us a vivid and dramatic portrait of the military and political adventures of the Byzantine Empire during the 11th and 12th centuries that continues to fascinate today.

Thanks to yourlively and exciting story, we knowexact data on diplomatic and military relations between the Byzantine Empire of the time and the Western world, as well asan evocative psychological portrait of the great characters of the time.

Emilio Díaz Rolando, doctor in classical philology, has revised his famous translation,winner of the National Translation Prize, and has written a new critical apparatus and a new introduction that provide historical context to Ana Comnena's narrative and increase the enjoyment of reading thisCaptivating story packed with power, intrigues, assassinations, courtly conspiracies and heresies.

Synopsis of The Alexiad

Alexios I Komnenos He was Byzantine Emperor between 1081 and 1118. During his epic and turbulent political career, he had to overthrow King Nicephorus III Botianates, and face the Normans, commanded by Roberto Guiscard, as well as the Pechenegs and the Seljuks, among others.

However, among his great feats, how he faced the First Crusade, which began after the arrival of a huge contingent sent by Pope Urban II to fight the infidels.

These are the facts that, continuing the tradition of the Iliad and the Odyssey, the Aeneid and the Pharsalia, narrates Ana Comneno, historian and daughter of Alejo, in an exciting epic story that will take the reader to know a key period in history through a primary source, since the author was a witness to the events she relates.


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