By Rustam Shukurov

In The Byzantine Turks, 1204 1461 Rustam Shukurov bargains an account of the Turkic minority in overdue Byzantium together with the Nicaean, Palaiologan, and Grand Komnenian empires. The demography of the Byzantine Turks and the criminal and cultural facets in their front into Greek society are mentioned intimately. Greek and Turkish bilingualism of Byzantine Turks and Tourkophonia between Greeks have been specific positive factors of Byzantine society of the time. Basing his arguments upon linguistic, social, and cultural proof present in a variety of Greek, Latin, and Oriental resources, Rustam Shukurov convincingly demonstrates how Oriental affects on Byzantine lifestyles ended in the most important changes in Byzantine mentality, tradition, and political lifestyles. The research is supplemented with an etymological lexicon of Oriental names and phrases in Byzantine Greek."

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The Byzantine Classification of the Turks 15 to go beyond the philological approach in the interpretation of the Byzantine mentality. What I conventionally call a “scientific” method of the Greek Middle Ages goes beyond literary criticism and poetics. It concerns those epistemological models according to which the Medieval Greeks generated and reproduced knowledge. The basic logic of the Byzantine method of systematization and classification of objects can best be illustrated by elementary Aristotelian logic.

Albert Failler, 5 vols (Paris, 1984–2000), 1:236–37, esp. p. 3–7. For a comprehensive analysis of the passage with its English translation, see: Petrides, Antonis K. 3–5,” Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Studies 49 (2009), pp. 295–318. See also on this passage: Uspenskij, Fjodor I. “Византийские историки о монголах и египетских мамлюках,” Византийский временник 24 (1926), pp. 1–8; Laiou, Angeliki E. “The Black Sea of Pachymeres,” in The Making of Byzantine History.  Nicol (London, 1993), pp. 109–11.

61 Dauge, Le barbare, pp. 307–78; for the concept of “Romanness,” see also: Mango, Cyril. “Byzantinism and Romantic Hellenism,” Journal of the Warburg and Courtauld Institutes 28 (1965), pp. 29–43. 62 Müller, Geschichte, 1:120f. 63 Vryonis, Speros. “Nomadization and Islamization in Asia Minor,” Dumbarton Oaks Papers 29 (1975), pp. 48–49. 64 Blemmydes, Conspectus, p. ” Cf. , p. 1. 66 In the Byzantine historiography of the eleventh to the fifteenth centuries, this feature of the Turkic military art became a commonplace characteristic of the Turks (those living both to the north of the Danube and in Anatolia) and was described in detail by many authors from Attaleiates to Nikephoros Gregoras.

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