Emperor and Priest: The Imperial Office in Byzantium

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 16, 2003 - History - 337 pages
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This is a revised and translated edition of Gilbert Dagron's Empereur et prêtre, an acknowledged masterwork by one of the great Byzantine scholars of our time. The figure of the Byzantine emperor, a ruler who sometimes was also designated a priest, has long fascinated the western imagination. This book studies in detail the imperial union of 'two powers', temporal and spiritual, against a wide background of relations between Church and state and religious and political spheres. Presenting much unfamiliar material in complex, brilliant style, it is aimed at all historians concerned with royal and ecclesiastical sources of power.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Heredity legitimacy and succession
13
Proclamations and coronations
54
Ceremonial and memory
89
imperial sainthood
127
Leo III and the iconoclast emperors Melchizedek or Antichrist?
158
ceremonial
192
The kingship of the patriarchs teighth to eleventh centuries1
223
The canonists and liturgists ttwelfth to fifteenth centuries1
248
Caesaropapism and the theory of the two powers
282
Glossary
319
Index
326
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Gilbert Dagron is Professor Emeritus of Byzantine History and Civilisation at the Collège de France and Honorary President of the International Committee on Byzantine Studies.

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