Byzantium in the Year 1000 by Paul Magdalino (ed)

By Paul Magdalino (ed)

One thousand years in the past, the Byzantine Empire used to be achieving the peak of its revival as a mediaeval nation. the 10 contributions to this quantity via students from six eu international locations re-evaluate key features of the empire's politics and tradition within the lengthy reign of the emperor Basil II.

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15 (Ogólnego zbioru tom XXX) (Cracow, 1900), 341. On the campaigning, see Gay, L’Italie méridionale, 310–18. 33 See Matt. , 29–33. 34 Liudprand, Legatio, 39, ed. Chiesa, p. 204; Brandes, “Liudprand”, 439–43. 35 Liudprand, Legatio, 39, ed. Chiesa, p. 204. 36 Liudprand’s mode of disparagement departs significantly from the more conventional indictment of Greek trickery and avoidance of pitched battle. 38 Thus eastern fighting strength is explicitly acknowledged. A reference to Byzantine martial prowess may also be discerned in a letter composed by Gerbert of Aurillac on behalf of Hugh Capet and addressed to Basil II and Constantine VIII.

Sternbach, 341. -C. Cheynet, Pouvoir et contestations à Byzance (963–1210) (Paris, 1990), 24–5, 213. A. Cramer, Anecdota Graeca e Codd. , IV (Oxford, 1841), 282; A. Poppe, “The political background to the baptism of Rus’”, DOP 30 (1976), 214–15 and n. 65, repr. in his The Rise of Christian Russia (London, 1982), no. 2. 52 Cramer, Anecdota Graeca, IV, 272; Poppe, “Background”, 213–14 and n. 64. 53 Cheynet, Pouvoir, pp. 20–1, 24–5, 27–34, 321–33. See also Catherine Holmes’ chapter in this volume.

52 These musings had a basis in politico-military realities. There seems to have been a direct connection between the buildup of an enlarged army and political turbulence. 53 Thus the regimes of individual emperors were far from unassailable. The expansionism unleashed in the later tenth-century seemed actually to aggravate the empire’s longstanding ‘two-fronts’ problem, opening up opportunities for venturers from Rus. Such vulnerability could make an emperor more amenable to external requests for marriage-ties than the empire’s military resources in themselves made 50 Anthony the Studite, Logos, ed.

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