Choniates - Michael Penna The Sack of Constantinople was...

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Michael Penna The Sack of Constantinople was written by Nicetas Choniates in 1204 as part of his work History that covered the years 1180-1207. At the age of nine Choniates was sent from his native town of Chonai in Phrygia to the city of Constantinople in order to commence his education. The type of education Choniates received was traditional and literary. At the age of fourteen Choniates continued his education so that he could study Greek literature and rhetoric. Because of his education, Choniates’ work was written in deliberate imitation and style of the language of antiquity and of the great ancient Greek authors such as Homer. The document attempts to vividly portray the destruction wrought upon by the Crusaders on the city of Constantinople. It makes its case by using lucid portrayals of the havoc going around through the city. Grave examples of sacrilege were used. For instance, “the sacred altar, formed of all kinds of precious materials and admired by the whole world, was broken into bits and distributed among the soldiers, as was all the other sacred wealth of so great and infinite splendor.” The intended audience of the document was the general reader. Since the Sack of
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This note was uploaded on 09/24/2008 for the course THL 1051 taught by Professor Fr.doyle during the Spring '08 term at Villanova.

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