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New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture

Serving Byzantium's Emperors

The Courtly Life and Career of Michael Attaleiates

Authors: Krallis, Dimitris

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  • Uses the life and work of the state official and historian Michael Attaleiates to examine Byzantine bureaucracy and culture in the eleventh century
  • Explores the links between various classes and institutions in the cities of and across the Byzantine Empire
  • Casts fresh light on the world and lives of the mandarins who turned the Byzantine emperor’s word into policy
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This book is a microhistory of eleventh-century Byzantium, built around the biography of the state official Michael Attaleiates. Dimitris Krallis presents Byzantium as a cohesive, ever-evolving, dynamic, Roman political community, built on traditions of Roman governance and Hellenic culture. In the eleventh century, Byzantium faced a crisis as it navigated a shifting international environment of feudal polities, merchant republics, steppe migrations, and a rapidly transforming Islamic world. Attaleiates’ life, from provincial birth to Constantinopolitan death, and career, as a member of an ancient empire’s officialdom, raise questions of identity, family, education, governance, elite culture, Romanness, Hellenism, science and skepticism, as well as political ideology during this period. The life and work of Attaleiates is used as a prism through which to examine important questions about a long-lived medieval polity that is usually studied as exotic and distinct from both the European and the Near Eastern historical experience.



About the authors

Dimitris Krallis is Associate Professor at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University, Canada. He writes on questions of politics, society, intellectual culture, and governance in the middle Byzantine period.


Table of contents (13 chapters)

Table of contents (13 chapters)

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eBook $79.99
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  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $99.99
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-04524-1
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Serving Byzantium's Emperors
Book Subtitle
The Courtly Life and Career of Michael Attaleiates
Authors
Series Title
New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture
Copyright
2019
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-04525-8
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-04525-8
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-04524-1
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XXI, 288
Number of Illustrations
7 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
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