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Macedonian Dynasty

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Basil I

Basil I  

Emperor (867–86) and founder of the Macedonian dynasty; born Thrace or Macedonia 830 or 835 (E.W. Brooks, BZ 20 [1911] 486–91) or on 25 May 836 (Adontz, Etudes 67), died Constantinople 29 Aug. ...
basileus

basileus  

The ruling principles of Byzantine imperial power had a dual origin: Roman, itself heir to the Alexandrian and Hellenistic tradition, and Christian. The terrestrial order being the reflection of the ...
Byzantine art

Byzantine art  

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Art produced in or under the influence of the Eastern Roman (Byzantine) empire; the empire was founded in ad 330 by Constantine (the first Christian emperor of Rome) and ended in 1453 when the ...
Byzantine Empire

Byzantine Empire  

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Eastern, Greek-speaking part of the Roman Empire from 330 B.C.E. to 1453 C.E. At its height, the Byzantine Empire encompassed the Balkans, Greece, Anatolia, the Levant, and parts of North Africa. In ...
Cilicia

Cilicia  

A Roman province, in SE Asia Minor. Tarsus, birthplace of Paul (Acts 22: 3) was one of its towns. Paul twice passed through the area (Acts 15: 40–41 and 18: 23).
Constantine VII Porphyrogennetos

Constantine VII Porphyrogennetos  

Emperor of the Macedonian dynasty (945–59); born 17 or 18 May 905, died Constantinople 9 Nov. 959.His birth to Leo VI and Zoe Karbonopsina provoked the conflict over the ...
Genesios

Genesios  

(Γενέσιος), conventional name of the 10th-C. author of the anonymous “History of emperors” that is preserved in a single MS (Leipzig, Univ.Lib. gr. 16); an 11th-C. hand wrote the ...
ivory

ivory  

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[Ma]Animal tusk, usually from the elephant, walrus, or narwhal. In Palaeolithic times, tusk from mammoth was also used.
Peter of Alexandria

Peter of Alexandria  

(not to be confused with the 3rd-C. martyr of the same name), 10th-C. author of a chronicle entitled A Brief Survey of Years, from Adam to the reign of Leo ...
porphyrogenite

porphyrogenite  

A member of the imperial family at Constantinople, reputedly born in a purple-hung or porphyry chamber. Later, a child born after his or her father's accession to a throne; a member of an imperial or ...
Romanos II

Romanos II  

Emperor of the Macedonian dynasty (959–63); son of Constantine VII and Helen; born Constantinople 939, died Constantinople 15 Mar. 963.In Sept. 944 Romanos I married him to Bertha (Eudokia) ...
Serbia

Serbia  

A country which has dominated the history of the western Balkan region since the early twentieth century.Early history (until 1992)After several uprisings, Serbia became autonomous within the Ottoman ...
Theodora

Theodora  

Third daughter of Constantine VIII, co-empress (with her sister Zoe) 21 Apr.–12 June 1042, sole empress 1055–56; died Constantinople 31 Aug. 1056. Early in the reign of Romanos III, she ...
Theophanes Continuatus

Theophanes Continuatus  

Or Scriptores post Theophanem, conventional title of a collection of chronicles preserved in a single 11th-C. MS, Vat. gr. 167. The collection encompasses 813–961 and consists of four independent ...
Zoe

Zoe  

(Ζωή), second daughter of Constantine VIII, empress (with her sister Theodora, 21 Apr.–12 June 1042); born ca.978, died Constantinople 1050.As heiress of the Macedonian dynasty, Zoe was wed to ...

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