Anna Komnene

Anna Komnene (Princess of the Roman Empire in the Byzantine Era; she lived 1083-1153 CE)

“Bohemond was in fact like the acrid smoke which precedes a fire, the preliminary skirmish which comes before the great assault. Father and son you might liken to caterpillars and locusts, for what was left by Robert, his son fed on and devoured.”

  • From Anna Komnene’s Alexiad (Book I, section 14), translated by E. R. A. Sewter (Penguin Classics edition).

 

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