Nicaea: A Byzantine Capital and Its Praises

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Nicaea - the site of the First Ecumenical Council (325) and the capital of the Byzantine Empire in exile during the Latin occupation of Constantinople (1204-1261) following the Fourth Crusade - has an important, albeit neglected, role in ecclesiastical and political history. With this book, Professor Clive Foss - a meticulous historian - takes a significant step in rectifying that neglect. As he tells us, his initial objective was to provide a comprehensible English translation of the two thirteenth century ...
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Overview

Nicaea - the site of the First Ecumenical Council (325) and the capital of the Byzantine Empire in exile during the Latin occupation of Constantinople (1204-1261) following the Fourth Crusade - has an important, albeit neglected, role in ecclesiastical and political history. With this book, Professor Clive Foss - a meticulous historian - takes a significant step in rectifying that neglect. As he tells us, his initial objective was to provide a comprehensible English translation of the two thirteenth century encomia delivered by Theodore Laskaris and Theodore Metochites. The intent was to make these important sources accessible to the contemporary readers; and in this he has succeeded notably. But, in addition, there is a major bonus. The initial objective blossomed into a history of Nicaea from the third to the fourteenth centuries, which will interest general readers of history and the specialist as well.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction 1
1 Late Antiquity 5
2 The Dark Ages 17
3 Recovery and Prosperity: Ninth-Eleventh Centuries 29
4 The First Turkish Period 41
5 The First Crusade 45
6 The Age of the Komnenoi 51
7 Nicaea as Capital: The Reign of Theodore Laskaris 57
8 Nicaea under John Vatatzes and Theodore II: The Church and the Revival of Learning 65
9 The Return to Constantinople and the Last Byzantine Phase: 1258-1331 75
10 The Walls of the City 89
11 The Churches and Other Buildings 97
12 Introduction to the Speeches 123
In Praise of the Great City of Nicaea 133
Commentary on Laskaris 155
Nicene Oration 165
Commentary of Metochites 197
App The Seljuk "Palace" 204
Bibliography
Sources 207
Modern Works 211
Index 217
Figures
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