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Michael Attaleiates and the politics of imperial decline in eleventh-century Byzantium.

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Michael Attaleiates and the politics of imperial decline in eleventh-century Byzantium.

Krallis, Dimitris.

ACMRS

2012

293 pages

$70.00

Hardcover

Medieval and renaissance texts and studies; v.422. Medieval confluences series; v.2

DF601

Krallis (history, Simon Fraser U., British Columbia) examines History by Byzantine judge and courtier Attaleiates (c. 1022- c. 1080) to investigate the place of historical narratives in Byzantine political and cultural debates of the 1060s and 1070s. The production of history was a highly political enterprise, he says, and Attaleiates' work allowed him to communicate with his contemporaries and express his ideas about the empire's military and political crisis. He compares his time with glories of Republican Rome, and shows that it is possible to plan the future. The publisher is the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

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