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The Byzantine Republic : people and power in New Rome, Anthony Kaldellis

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The Byzantine Republic : people and power in New Rome
Title
The Byzantine Republic
Title remainder
people and power in New Rome
Statement of responsibility
Anthony Kaldellis
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Although Byzantium is known to history as the Eastern Roman Empire, scholars have long claimed that this Greek Christian theocracy bore little resemblance to Rome. This book reconnects Byzantium to its Roman roots, arguing that from the fifth to the twelfth centuries CE the Eastern Roman Empire was essentially a republic, with power exercised on behalf of the people and sometimes by them too. Kaldellis recovers for the historical record a less autocratic, more populist Byzantium whose Greek-speaking citizens considered themselves as fully Roman as their Latin-speaking 'ancestors.' He shows that the idea of Byzantium as a rigid imperial theocracy is a misleading construct of Western historians since the Enlightenment. With court proclamations often draped in Christian rhetoric, the notion of divine kingship emerged as a way to disguise the inherent vulnerability of each regime. The legitimacy of the emperors was not predicated on an absolute right to the throne but on the popularity of individual emperors, whose grip on power was tenuous despite the stability of the imperial institution itself. Kaldellis examines the overlooked Byzantine concept of the polity, along with the complex relationship of emperors to the law and the ways they bolstered their popular acceptance and avoided challenges. The rebellions that periodically rocked the empire were not aberrations, he shows, but an essential part of the functioning of the republican monarchy"--
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http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Kaldellis, Anthony
Dewey number
949.5/02
Index
index present
LC call number
DF571
LC item number
.K35 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Byzantine Empire
  • Byzantine Empire
  • Legitimacy of governments
  • Power (Social sciences)
  • Republicanism
  • Monarchy
  • Authority
  • Authority
  • Legitimacy of governments
  • Monarchy
  • Political science
  • Power (Social sciences)
  • Republicanism
  • Byzantine Empire
Label
The Byzantine Republic : people and power in New Rome, Anthony Kaldellis
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introducing the Byzantine Republic -- The emperor in the republic -- Extralegal authority in a lawful polity -- The sovereignty of the people in theory -- The sovereignty of the people in practice -- The secular republic and the theocratic "imperial idea"
Control code
875999890
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvi, 290 pages
Isbn
9780674365407
Lccn
2014011695
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)875999890
Label
The Byzantine Republic : people and power in New Rome, Anthony Kaldellis
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Introducing the Byzantine Republic -- The emperor in the republic -- Extralegal authority in a lawful polity -- The sovereignty of the people in theory -- The sovereignty of the people in practice -- The secular republic and the theocratic "imperial idea"
Control code
875999890
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
xvi, 290 pages
Isbn
9780674365407
Lccn
2014011695
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
System control number
(OCoLC)875999890

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