Serving Byzantium's Emperors

The Courtly Life and Career of Michael Attaleiates

  • Dimitris Krallis

Part of the New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture book series (NABHC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Dimitris Krallis
    Pages 1-9
  3. Dimitris Krallis
    Pages 55-74
  4. Dimitris Krallis
    Pages 75-99
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    Pages 101-119
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    Pages 139-159
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    Pages 161-187
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    Pages 203-218
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  11. Back Matter
    Pages 237-288

About this book


This book is a microhistory of eleventh-century Byzantium, built around the biography of the state official Michael Attaleiates. Dimitris Krallis presents Byzantium as a cohesive, ever-evolving, dynamic, Roman political community, built on traditions of Roman governance and Hellenic culture. In the eleventh century, Byzantium faced a crisis as it navigated a shifting international environment of feudal polities, merchant republics, steppe migrations, and a rapidly transforming Islamic world. Attaleiates’ life, from provincial birth to Constantinopolitan death, and career, as a member of an ancient empire’s officialdom, raise questions of identity, family, education, governance, elite culture, Romanness, Hellenism, science and skepticism, as well as political ideology during this period. The life and work of Attaleiates is used as a prism through which to examine important questions about a long-lived medieval polity that is usually studied as exotic and distinct from both the European and the Near Eastern historical experience.


Michael Attaleiates Byzantium Republicanism Eleventh Century Constantinople Byzantine culture

Authors and affiliations

  • Dimitris Krallis
    • 1
  1. 1.Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic StudiesSimon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-04524-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-04525-8
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