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The Byzantine Empire (<i>c</i>.1000)

S. E. Finer

in The History of Government from the Earliest Times

Published in print May 1999 | ISBN: 9780198207900
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191677854 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207900.003.0002
The Byzantine Empire (c.1000)

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We talk of Byzantium and the Byzantine Empire, but their inhabitants never did. They called themselves Romaioi, and if they called the empire anything at all they called it Romania. Byzantium had been the site of Constantine's new capital in the east — Constantinople — or, New Rome. The period when the institutions of this empire were most characteristically ‘Byzantine’ lies between 610 and 1204. This chapter discusses the rise of the Byzantine Empire, the nature of the Byzantine polity, the territorial framework, the central government, and the significance and legacy of the Byzantine polity.

Keywords: Byzantine polity; Byzantium; Constantine; territorial framework; central government

Chapter.  18413 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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