Imperial ideology and political thought in Byzantium, 1204-1330

Dimiter Angelov

This 2007 study was the first to systematically investigate Byzantine imperial ideology, court rhetoric and political thought after the Latin conquest of Constantinople in 1204 - in the Nicaean state (1204-61) and during the early period of the restored empire of the Palaiologoi. The book explores Byzantine political imagination at a time of crisis when the Empire ceased to be a first-rate power in the Mediterranean. It investigates the correspondence and fissures between official political rhetoric, on the one hand, and the political ideas of lay thinkers and churchmen, on the other. Through the analysis of a wide body of sources, a picture of Byzantine political thought emerges which differs significantly from the traditional one. The period saw refreshing developments in court rhetoric and political thought, some with interesting parallels in the medieval and Renaissance West, which arose in response to the new historical realities.

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  • Introduction
  • Part I. Official Ideology: 1. Analyzing imperial propaganda
  • 2. The imperial idea: continuity and change in the imperial image
  • 3. Rhetorical theories of succession
  • 4. The ideology of imperial government
  • 5. The panegyrists as lobbyists
  • Part II. The Independent Theorists: 6. Tradition and innovation in theoretical texts
  • 7. Theodore II Laskaris as a political thinker
  • 8. The critics of the Palaiologoi: fiscal responsibility and elective kingship
  • 9. The controversy on imperial taxation
  • 10. Manuel Moschopoulos, Plato, and government as social covenant
  • Part III. The Ecclesiastics: 11. The emperor - subject to the church: late Byzantine hierocratic theories
  • Conclusions.

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書名 Imperial ideology and political thought in Byzantium, 1204-1330
著作者等 Angelov, Dimiter
出版元 Cambridge University Press
刊行年月 2007
ページ数 xvii, 453 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 9780521857031
NCID BA81331824
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言語 英語
出版国 イギリス