Byzantinum in the Year 1000

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Paul Magdalino
BRILL, 2003 - History - 284 pages
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One thousand years ago, the Byzantine Empire was reaching the height of its revival as a medieval state. The ten contributions to this volume by scholars from six European countries re-assess key aspects of the empire's politics and culture in the long reign of the emperor Basil II, whose name has come to symbolise the greatness of Byzantium in the age before the crusades. The first five chapters deal with international diplomacy, the emperor's power, and government in Asia Minor and the frontier provinces of the Balkans and southern Italy. The second half of the volume covers aspects of law, history-writing, poetry and hagiography, and concludes with a discussion of Byzantine attitudes to the Millennium.
 

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Contents

Marriages towards the Millennium
1
Political Elites in the Reign of Basil II
35
Basil II and Asia Minor
71
The Balkan Frontier in the Year 1000
109
Southern Italy in the Reign of Basil II
135
Eustathios Romaios on a Disputed Marriage
161
Byzantine History Writing at the End of the First Millennium
183
Byzantine Poetry and the Paradox of Basil IIs Reign
199
the Two Recensions of the Metaphrastic Menologion
217
The Year 1000 in Byzantium
233
Index
271
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Paul Magdalino, FBA, D.phil. (1976) in History, Oxford, is Professor of Byzantine History at the University of St Andrews. His numerous publications include The Empire of Manuel I Komnenos, 1143-1180 (Cambridge, 1993) and Constantinople medievale (Paris, 1996).