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The New York Review of Books, Volume 55, Number 14 · September 25, 2008
Brilliant, Beautiful & Byzantine
By G.W. Bowersock
Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire[EXCERPT]
by Judith Herrin
Princeton University Press, 392 pp., $29.95
"The music of Byzantium, to which Herrin might have considered allotting a chapter, is no less overwhelming than the places in which it is performed. The success of the contemporary Cappella Romana chamber ensemble, ably directed by Alexander Lingas of London, introduces modern listeners to the sounds that filled the churches of Byzantium no less than the light of their lamps."