The Politics of Despair: The Plague of 746–747 and Iconoclasm in the Byzantine Empire

  title={The Politics of Despair: The Plague of 746–747 and Iconoclasm in the Byzantine Empire},
  author={David C. Turner},
  journal={The Annual of the British School at Athens},
  pages={419 - 434}
  • D. Turner
  • Published 1 November 1990
  • History
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