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The Alexiad of Anna Comnena Study Questions & Topics for Discussion

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Topics for Discussion

Do you think Anna is impartial? Why or why not? Give examples.

What do you think of Anna's defenses of her impartiality? Is she convincing? Why or why not?

Describe in detail the conflict between the Franks and their leaders (Robert and Bohemund) and Alexius.

What is the significance of the skirmishes with the Turks? List some of the relevant major conflicts and describe their historical significance.

To what extent does The Alexiad support the widespread view of Alexius's reign as the Komnenian Restoration of the Eastern Roman Empire?

To what extent is Christianity a genuine and important part of the book? Some might argue that the religion was merely a political matter for Alexius but others believed him to be pious. What do you think?

What do you think of Alexius? What was good about him? What was bad about him?

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