A History of the Eastern Roman Empire
by J B Bury
I think Bury really belongs in the Classic tradition. I have selected that work because he wrote beautifully. Bury’s analysis of original sources is brilliant and a lesson to all of us in how to read carefully and with sympathy but looking constantly for the gaps or the silences in the sources which indicate some aspect which we can’t quite get a handle on. Bury was able to make sense of them in a way that is important.