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Anthony Bryer (1937–2016)

Professor Anthony Bryer OBE was a distinguished historian of the late Byzantine and early Ottoman period, with a regional interest in the Pontus. He was a good friend and inspiration to Cornucopia and an appreciation can be read here


  • Cruising into Trouble

    From Issue 3

    On the Black Sea last summer (1992) Anthony Bryer found confusion in every port. In this extract from the unabridged version of an article published in Cornucopia 3, in 1993, he finds himself for two days in Yalta. How times have changed…

  • The Bard of Byzantium

    From Issue 22

    Sir Steven Runciman was a supreme storyteller, whether at the dinner table or in the majestic sweep of his historical writing. Fellow-Byzantinist Anthony Bryer recalls an elegant figure for whom history was about the destinies of man

  • The Holy Mountain

    The story of Ottoman Athos

    From Issue 15

    For more than a millennium Ayanoros, better known to the West as Mount Athos, has been a spiritual beacon to Orthodox believers. Yet the world’s oldest political entity flourished most brilliantly under Ottoman rule. Two scholars who have had a lifelong interest in this jealously isolated community give a unique insider’s view. Anthony Bryer, the eminent Byzantanist, who visited Mount Athos for the first time 40 years ago and found this extraordinary community on the brink of the 20th century, gives a personal account. Graham Speake, as secretary of the Friends of Mount Athos, has been in a privileged position to take the photographs

  • The Miracle of Santa Sophia

    From Issue 1

    One thousand tons of loose glass cling suspended in the world’s largest unsupported brick dome, an architectural miracle and the last great monument of Roman architecture. By Anthony Bryer

  • Byzantine Duet

    David and Tamara Talbot Rice

    From Issue 4

    In 1928 David Talbot Rice, gentleman and scholar, and his new bride Tamara set off from Oxford to excavate the Great Palace of Byzantium. Tamara, an author of books on Seljuks and Scythians, talked to Anthony Bryer for this profile of the couple and their life together

  • Peak of Perception

    From Issue 31
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