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Leo VI and the Transformation of Byzantine Christian Identity


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1. The reign of Leo VI; 2. Romans imitating Saracens?; 3. The Byzantine Christian approach to war; 4. The ideal Christian general; 5. A new Solomon; 6. Imperial sacrality in action; 7. Leo VI as homilist; 8. Byzantines as 'chosen people'; 9. Byzantine Christian statecraft.

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Analyses the ideological writings of a scholarly and unusual Byzantine emperor dedicated to distinctively Orthodox Christian principles.

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Meredith L. D. Riedel is an Assistant Professor of the History of Christianity at Duke University, North Carolina. She is a historian of early medieval Byzantine political thought and comparative religion, and is currently writing a book on the first five hundred years of interaction between Byzantium and the Caliphate. She serves on the Governing Body of the Byzantine Studies Association of North America.

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