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The History of Government from the Earliest TimesVolume II: The Intermediate Ages$
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S. E. Finer

Print publication date: 1999

Print ISBN-13: 9780198207900

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198207900.001.0001

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The Byzantine Empire (c.1000)

The Byzantine Empire (c.1000)

1. The Byzantine Empire (c.1000)
The History of Government from the Earliest Times

S. E. Finer

Oxford University Press

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

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