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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.Read more
- 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
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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
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