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 attaining the peak of its revival as a mediaeval nation. the 10 contributions to this quantity through students from six ecu international locations reconsider key points of the empire's politics and tradition within the lengthy reign of the emperor Basil II.

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23 responsible for the selection of a Byzantine ivory depicting the Assumption for the cover of his Gospel Book. 84 In 1000 Otto celebrated the festival of the Virgin’s Assumption in Rome, commissioning a hymn in her honour. In the middle of the night this was chanted through the City’s streets by the ‘Greek School’ in a procession bearing a much-venerated icon of the Pantokrator. 85 The Mother of God had long been hymned as special protectress of Constantinople and its resident emperor by the Byzantines,86 and Greek-speakers from the south and members of the Roman elite were conversant with Byzantine ways and easternstyle festivals of the Virgin.

Theophanu, II, Abb. 2, 3, pp. 136, 137. 64 Corbet “Les impératrices”, 116–17; fig. 1, p. 120. E. Schramm and F. Mütherich, Denkmale der deutschen Könige und Kaiser (Munich, 1962), no. 75, p. -R. ), Theophanu, II, Abb. 2, p. 255; Corbet “Les impératrices”, 119–21; fig. 3, p. 120. 66 This is the case although Mary’s protection was invoked in the acclamations celebrating the birth of a Porphyrogenitus and although in the tenth century the nuptial crowning of the emperor came to be held in the ‘palace church of the most holy Mother of God of the Pharos’: Constantine VII, Le livre des cérémonies, 51 (42), 48 (39), ed.

14   intervention, rather than sheer triumph. The angst and foreboding inherent in the prophesy reported by Liudprand—that the Byzantine victories in the East, would ultimately prove counter-productive and bring the Muslims to the gates of the City—also feature in poems composed by John Geometres in the 970s and 980s. They expressed dismay at the empire’s fluctuating fortunes and the spectre of civil war. e. e. 51 The sense of the empire’s vicissitudes and internal divisions is expressed in another poem attributable to Geometres: ‘the East is bleeding with its own blood and the Sword is dividing kinfolk .

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