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The Emperor Theophilos and the East, 829-842


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Contents: Preface; Introduction. Section I Prolegomena to a Reign: Internal Conflict in the Empire under Leo V and Michael II: Back to iconoclasm!; Unrest at the eastern border. Section II The Armenian Court: Family ties: Leo the Armenian and Michael of Amorion; Parties at the court: the Armenian marriage of Theophilos; The elusive Manuel the Armenian; The daughter of Constantine VI and her stepson; The Armenian family network; Opposition to the emperor. Section III Supporting the Persian Uprising Against the Abbasids: Some remarks on the Khurramite movement; Naa(1)GBPr the Khurramite; Theophobos and his father; A Persian Basileus? Section IV Warfare Against the Arabs: Invasion or civil war? Thomas the Slav and the Arabs; Campaigning in Cilicia and Cappadocia in 830-833; Byzantine expeditions in Western Armenia between 834 and 836; The second triumph of Theophilos in 837; Theophilos' defeat at Anzes and the capture of Amorion in 838; After Amorion: Theophilos' last years. Section V The Khazar Flank: The embassy to the Khazars and the building of Sarkel; Rus, Slavs and Bulgars in the steppes. Section VI The Melkites: The letter of the three Melkite patriarchs to Theophilos; Apocalyptics and expectations of political change in the realm of the Abbasids. Section VII Cultural Exchange with the Arabs: Some preliminary matters; A bidirectional exchange? Epilogue: the image of Theophilos as a ruler; A chronology of Theophilos' reign; Abbreviations; Sources, Bibliography; Index.

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Juan Signes Codoner is Professor of Greek Philology at the University of Valladolid, Spain. He has a particular interest in Byzantine history of the 9th century and in the historical literature of Byzantium. With Michael Featherstone he is publishing a new edition of Theophanes Continuatus (in the Corpus fontium historiae Byzantinae, series Berolinensis), and amongst his many articles is one related to the present volume, 'Melkites and Icon worship during the iconoclastic period', appearing in Dumbarton Oaks Papers.


'The volume is a tour de force in its integrated provision of a vast amount of relevant source material and detailed analysis of it. Numerous conclusions of other modern historians are subjected to detailed scrutiny and evidentiary tests. ... the volume is a fascinating methodological achievement and provides a valuable, if occasionally tendentious, reappraisal of Theophilos' eastern policy and military accomplishments.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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