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Serving Byzantium's Emperors

The Courtly Life and Career of Michael Attaleiates


Part of the New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture book series (NABHC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Dimitris Krallis
    Pages 1-9
  3. Dimitris Krallis
    Pages 55-74
  4. Dimitris Krallis
    Pages 75-99
  5. Dimitris Krallis
    Pages 101-119
  6. Dimitris Krallis
    Pages 139-159
  7. Dimitris Krallis
    Pages 161-187
  8. Dimitris Krallis
    Pages 203-218
  9. Dimitris Krallis
    Pages 219-233
  10. Dimitris Krallis
    Pages 235-236
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 237-288

About this book


This book is a microhistory of eleventh-century Byzantium, built around the biography of the state official Michael Attaleiates. Dimitris Krallis presents Byzantium as a cohesive, ever-evolving, dynamic, Roman political community, built on traditions of Roman governance and Hellenic culture. In the eleventh century, Byzantium faced a crisis as it navigated a shifting international environment of feudal polities, merchant republics, steppe migrations, and a rapidly transforming Islamic world. Attaleiates’ life, from provincial birth to Constantinopolitan death, and career, as a member of an ancient empire’s officialdom, raise questions of identity, family, education, governance, elite culture, Romanness, Hellenism, science and skepticism, as well as political ideology during this period. The life and work of Attaleiates is used as a prism through which to examine important questions about a long-lived medieval polity that is usually studied as exotic and distinct from both the European and the Near Eastern historical experience.


Michael Attaleiates Byzantium Republicanism Eleventh Century Constantinople Byzantine culture

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic StudiesSimon Fraser UniversityBurnabyCanada

About the authors

Dimitris Krallis is Associate Professor at the Stavros Niarchos Foundation Centre for Hellenic Studies at Simon Fraser University, Canada. He writes on questions of politics, society, intellectual culture, and governance in the middle Byzantine period.

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Serving Byzantium's Emperors
  • Book Subtitle The Courtly Life and Career of Michael Attaleiates
  • Authors Dimitris Krallis
  • Series Title New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture
  • Series Abbreviated Title New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG, part of Springer Nature 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-030-04524-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-030-04525-8
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XXI, 288
  • Number of Illustrations 7 b/w illustrations, 8 illustrations in colour
  • Topics History of Medieval Europe
    Social History
    Cultural History
    History of Military
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