By Paul Magdalino (ed)

One thousand years in the past, the Byzantine Empire was once attaining the peak of its revival as a mediaeval nation. the 10 contributions to this quantity through students from six eu international locations think again key points of the empire's politics and tradition within the lengthy reign of the emperor Basil II.

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Schramm and F. Mütherich, Denkmale der deutschen Könige und Kaiser (Munich, 1962), no. 75, p. -R. ), Theophanu, II, Abb. 2, p. 255; Corbet “Les impératrices”, 119–21; fig. 3, p. 120. 66 This is the case although Mary’s protection was invoked in the acclamations celebrating the birth of a Porphyrogenitus and although in the tenth century the nuptial crowning of the emperor came to be held in the ‘palace church of the most holy Mother of God of the Pharos’: Constantine VII, Le livre des cérémonies, 51 (42), 48 (39), ed.

New tactics and formations suitable for major offensives were tried out and they eventually paid off during the campaigns against Saif ad-Daula. 29 Even before they had humiliated Saif by sacking his base in Aleppo in 962, the newly expanded armed forces were reassigned to invade Crete. Quite abruptly, strategy switched from one of long-range, spectacular, yet fleeting strikes to one of occupying places other than the longstanding imperial objective of Crete. 30 These expectations were matched by events.

I, 283; H. , II, 231–3. 82 Schramm and Mütherich, Denkmale, no. 75, p. 144; Erkens, “Frau als Herrscherin”, Abb. 2, p. 255; Corbet “Les impératrices”, p. 122 and fig. 3, p. 120. 83 On Otto’s intimacy with other-worldly figures, see H. Seibert, “Herrscher und Mönchtum im spätottonischen Reich”, in B. Schneidmüller and S. -Heinrich II. Eine Wende? (Sigmaringen, 1997), 216–20, 229–31, 242–5, 265; H. Mayr-Harting, Ottonian Book Illumination. An Historical Study, I (London, 1999), 162–3.     23 responsible for the selection of a Byzantine ivory depicting the Assumption for the cover of his Gospel Book.

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