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The Letters of Psellos: Cultural Networks and Historical Realities

Michael Jeffreys and Marc D. Lauxtermann


The 500-odd letters of Michael Psellos (1018–1078) are literary masterpieces, with attractive subtlety and humour, but also often difficult to understand in their entirety. They offer precious information on the political culture of Byzantium, the court, civil administration, the provinces, monasteries, the charistike system, dignities and offices, prosopography in general, the educational system, social codes, religious beliefs, customs, popular culture, etc., and are therefore of great historical significance. This book is the first to study Psellos’ correspondence in detail. It consists of ... More

Keywords: Michael Psellos, letters, biography, Byzantium, eleventh century, social networks, education, court

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198787228
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198787228.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Jeffreys, editor
Professor Emeritus of Modern Greek, University of Sydney

Marc D. Lauxtermann, editor
Bywater and Sotheby Professor of Byzantine and Modern Greek Language and Literature, University of Oxford

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Part I Studies in the Correspondence of Michael Psellos

1 Introduction

Marc D. Lauxtermann

6 Venomous Praise

Diether Roderich Reinsch

Part II Summaries of the Letters of Michael Psellos

Michael Jeffreys


Michael Jeffreys

Manuscript Sigla

Michael Jeffreys


Michael Jeffreys

Excursuses 1–17

Michael Jeffreys