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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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  • This is a revised and translated edition of Gilbert Dagron's Empereur et prêtre, an acknowledged masterwork by one of the great Byzantine scholars of our time. The figure of the Byzantine emperor, a ruler who sometimes was also designated a priest, has long fascinated the western imagination. This book studies in detail the imperial union of 'two powers', temporal and spiritual, against a wide background of relations between Church and state and religious and political spheres. Presenting much unfamiliar material in complex, brilliant style, it is aimed at all historians concerned with royal and ecclesiastical sources of power.

    • 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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    '… This is a very significant book for Byzantine specialists … Indeed, no one interested in the varieties of earthly sovereignty should be unaware of it.' John W. Barker, Speculum

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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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