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Emperor and Priest
The Imperial Office in Byzantium

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  • Date Published: June 2007
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521036979

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  • The figure of the Byzantine emperor, a ruler who sometimes was also designated a priest, has long fascinated the western imagination. Written by one of the world's leading Byzantine scholars, this classic book studies in detail the imperial union of "two powers," temporal and spiritual, against the broad background of the relationship between church and state and religious and political spheres.

    • An English translation of one of the greatest works in Byzantine studies of recent times, by arguably the world's leading Byzantinist
    • Creates an alternative agenda and importance for the crucial dual role, as priest and emperor, of the rulers of the Byzantine empire
    • It is wholly devoted to the office of the Byzantine emperor, as against the many books devoted to individual rulers or dynasties
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    "Andreas Schminck reviewed Dagron's Empereur et pre^tre in Byzantinische Zeitschrift 93, 2000, 197-204. In this review, he expressed his hope that the work would be translated into other languages, and become thus available to a wider readership. It seems to this reviewer that Emperor and Priest splendidly fulfills this wish." -Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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    • Date Published: June 2007
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521036979
    • length: 356 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 153 x 22 mm
    • weight: 0.545kg
    • contains: 10 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of plates
    List of plans
    Acknowledgements
    Bibliographical abbreviations
    Introduction
    Part I. The Principles:
    1. Heredity, legitimacy and succession
    2. Proclamations and coronations
    3. Ceremonial and memory
    Part II. The Emperors:
    4. Constantine the Great: imperial sainthood
    5. Leo III and the iconoclast emperors: Melchizedek or antiChrist?
    6. Basil the Macedonian, Leo VI and Constantine VII: ceremonial and religion
    Part III. The Clergy:
    7. The kingship of the patriarchs (eighth to eleventh centuries)
    8. The canonists and liturgists (twelfth to fifteenth centuries)
    9. 'Caesaropapism' and the theory of the 'two powers'
    Epilogue: the house of Judah and the house of Levi
    Glossary
    Index.

  • Author

    Gilbert Dagron, Collège de France, Paris
    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.

    Translator

    Jean Birrell

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