This excellent post by Darren Goossens highlights a truly wonderful little book that I remember years ago: Isaac Asimov’s capsule history of Byzantium! Asimov was one of the most brilliant people of the 20th century, and when he got interested in something, he usually ended up writing a book about it. This was one of the first books I ever read about Byzantium and it helped spark my interest in this wonderful empire. It’s old (1970) but still highly readable and recommended. Great post!