The Byzantine Theocracy: The Weil Lectures, Cincinatti / Edition 1

The Byzantine Theocracy: The Weil Lectures, Cincinatti / Edition 1

by Steven Runciman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521545919

ISBN-13: 9780521545914

Pub. Date: 11/30/2003

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

The constitution of the Byzantine Empire was based on the conviction that it was the earthly copy of the Kingdom of Heaven. Just as God ruled in Heaven, so the Emperor, made in his image, should rule on earth and carry out his commandments. This was the theory, but in practice the state was never free from its Roman past, particularly the Roman law, and its

Overview

The constitution of the Byzantine Empire was based on the conviction that it was the earthly copy of the Kingdom of Heaven. Just as God ruled in Heaven, so the Emperor, made in his image, should rule on earth and carry out his commandments. This was the theory, but in practice the state was never free from its Roman past, particularly the Roman law, and its heritage of Greek culture. Sir Steven Runciman's Weil lectures trace the various ways in which the Emperor tried to put the theory into practice - and thus the changing relationship between church and state - from the days of the first Constantine to those of the eleventh. The theocratic constitution remained virtually unchanged during those eleven centuries. No other constitution in the Christian era has endured for so long.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521545914
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/30/2003
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
4.84(w) x 7.44(h) x 0.47(d)

Table of Contents

Foreword, Introduction; 1. The christian empire: the image of God upon earth; 2. The viceroy of God: the plenitude of imperial power; 3. The battle over images: the challenge of popular belief; 4. The working compromise: the limits of imperial control; 5. The monks and the people: the oppo-position to the palace and the hierarchy; 6. Decline and fall: the end of the Kingdom of God on earth; Notes; Index.

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