Biblical Echoes in Two Byzantine Military Speeches

Journal Article

This article examines the two extant military speeches attributed to Constantine VII Porphyrogennetos for their biblical references and allusions. These speeches demonstrate imperial Byzantine exegesis, establish biblical grounds for the ‘chosen’ status of Byzantine Christians, and reveal that the non-soldierly emperor Constantine VII appropriated the role of a mediating priestly figure as a way of claiming authority over his fighting forces. In this, he follows in the footsteps of his father, the emperor Leo VI (r. 886–912). Both speeches are explicitly Christian, and were used to bolster military morale and to reinforce imperial authority.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Riedel, MLD

Published Date

  • September 22, 2016

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 40/2 (2016) /

Start / End Page

  • 207 - 222

Published By

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1749-625X

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0307-0131

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1017/byz.2016.4

Conference Location

  • United Kingdom