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The point of interest of this booklet is the Byzantine emperor Leo VI (886-912) and his reign. He has been characterized as a clumsy and ineffectual emperor, yet this paintings offers a extra thought of account of Leo and the politics of his age. preliminary chapters on resources and the wider ancient context are supplied earlier than specific elements of Leo's lifestyles and reign are provided in 8 chapters, prepared for you to provide a coarse chronological framework. topics mentioned comprise kin with relatives and officers, imperial ideology, and ecclesiastical and armed forces affairs. by way of drawing on a large spectrum of fundamental proof the publication illustrates that Leo solid a particular imperial variety as a literate city-based non-campaigning emperor, and argues that he used to be actively excited by the issues that confronted his empire.

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Studies on, IX. 84 AASS, Propylaeum Novembris. 85 See Karlin-Hayter, `Theophano', 13-14. The episode also appears in the Menologion of Basil II, PG 117, 13-614, esp. 613, and in a homily of Leo's spiritual father Euthymios: for this homily and Euthymios's other works see Jugic, `Homelics mariales', esp. 463-514, and P0, 19 (1925-26), 287-526, esp. 439-455. 86 His testimony is particularly appreciated given the inadequacies of the Logothete record. ` From the pages of his Antapodosis Leo leaps out as a mischievous figure, suggest- ing that his behaviour evinced by his surprise visit to Psamathia recorded by the Life of Euthymios was more typical than might otherwise be guessed.

Poliakoff, Combat Sports in the Ancient World. Competition, Violence, and Culture (New Haven/London, 1987), 140-141. 20 Like Nikolaos Danelis forged a relationship with Basil, making her son and Basil become spiritual brothers. Danelis was also said to have endowed Basil with great wealth and property. Whether all the details of these stories of Basil's advancement are believed or not one thing seems clear, people were intrigued and impressed by Basil, and wanted to appropriate him for themselves.

C. Mango, The Art of the Byzantine Empire, 312-1453, Sources and Documents (Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey, 1972), 192-199. err fiom 7ustinian to the Fourth 45 VB, 341-342; GMC, 841. See A. Sharf, Byzantine Jry Crusade (London, 1971). 46 VB, 266-276; GMC, 841. See also Vogt, Basile, 322-325; P. Lemerle, `L'histoire des Pauliciens d'Asie Mineure d'apres des sources greques', TM, 5 (1973), 1-144; S. Runciman, The Medieval Manichee: A Study of the Christian Dualist Heresy (Cambridge, 1947); Toynbee, Constantine, 688-684.

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