Revival and Expansion (C. 800 To C. 900)

Florin Curta and Siu-lun Wong

in The Edinburgh History of the Greeks, c. 500 to 1050

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780748638093
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670741 | DOI:
Revival and Expansion (C. 800 To C. 900)

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While the Byzantine authority began to expand from the coastal areas, it was met with the stiff resistance of a number of Slavic tribes in the interior, the most prominent of which were the Milingoi and the Ezeritai. A strong Slavic presence is also attested around Thessaloniki by such sources as the Life of St. Gregory of Dekapolis. However, the general atmosphere of stability in continental Greece does not seem to have been at all affected by the first raids of Arab pirates. In the late ninth century, the first new churches were built in Greece, beginning with the foundation of the imperial protospatharios Leo at Skripou. The prosperity of local landowners also results from the story of the Danielis.

Keywords: Chronicle of Monemvasia; Constantine Porphyrogenitus; Arabs; Life of St. Gregory of Dekapolis; glazed pottery; church architecture; coins

Chapter.  13277 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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