The Intertwined Lives of Michael Psellos and John Mauropous

Marc D. Lauxtermann

in The Letters of Psellos

Published in print December 2016 | ISBN: 9780198787228
Published online January 2017 | e-ISBN: 9780191829307 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Byzantium

The Intertwined Lives of Michael Psellos and John Mauropous

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This chapter first discusses John Mauropous’ collection of letters and argues that it is structured around a pivotal moment in his life: his ordination to the see of Euchaita, which he viewed as exile. It then turns to his correspondence with Michael Psellos and discusses the content of their letters one by one and the vicissitudes of their tumultuous relationship, with a clear focus on biographical details. This is followed by a detailed analysis of two letters related to Psellos’ appointment as ‘consul of the philosophers’ in 1047 and a discussion of other sources that deal with this appointment. The chapter concludes with full translations of three key letters.

Keywords: Mauropous; Psellos; biography; correspondence; letter collections; Byzantine education

Chapter.  21217 words. 

Subjects: Classical Literature ; Classical History

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