The Excerpta Constantiniana and the Byzantine Appropriation of the Past
The Excerpta project instigated by the Byzantine emperor Constantine VII turned the enormously rich experience offered by Greek historiography into a body of excerpts distributed across fifty-three distinct thematic collections. In this, the first sustained analysis, András Németh moves from viewing the Excerpta only as a collection of textual fragments to focusing on its dependence from and impact on the surrounding Byzantine culture in the tenth century. He introduces the concept of appropriation and also uses it to study some other key texts created under the Excerpta's influence (De thematibus, De administrando imperio and De ceremoniis). Unlike world chronicles, the Excerpta ignored the chronological dimension of history and fostered the biographical turn in Byzantine historiography. By exploring theoretical questions such as classification and retrieval of historical information and the relationship between knowledge and political power, this book provides powerful new ways for exploring the Excerpta in Byzantine studies and beyond.
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administrando imperio Ambrosianus Arab auxiliary texts Basil II Basil Lecapenus biographical Book of Ceremonies Boor Büttner-Wobst Byzantine Byzantium Cassius Dio Chapter chronicle citations compilers Constantine VII Constantinople court cross-references deluxe copies Diodorus drafts edition emperor epigrams example Excerpta Excerpta project excerptors Featherstone final copies Flusin Genesius George the Monk Gnomic Statements Greek headwords historians historiography imperial topics included Irigoin John I Tzimisces John of Antioch Justinian Lexicon Macedonian Magdalino majuscules Malalas manuscripts margin Markopoulos military narrative Németh Nicephorus II Phocas Nicolaus of Damascus Palatine Anthology Parisinus suppl passages Photius Polyb Polybius Procop Procopius proem readers redaction redactors reference reign Roman Romanus II Scorialensis B.I.4 scribe Scylitzes Section Ševčenko siege Signes Codońer speeches Suda survive tenth century textual Theoph Theophanes Töv translation Treadgold 2013 treatises Tſis Turonensis 980 Vaticanus gr Virtues and Vices καὶ περὶ τοῦ τῶν