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Imperial Visions of Late Byzantium - by Florin Leonte (Hardcover)

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Number of Pages: 320

Genre: History

Sub-Genre: Ancient

Format: Hardcover

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

Book theme: Greece

Author: Florin Leonte

Language: English

Street Date: December 1, 2019
TCIN: 79625615
UPC: 9781474441032
Item Number (DPCI): 247-39-7537


Manuel II Palaiologos was not only a Byzantine emperor but also a remarkably prolific rhetorician and theologian. His oeuvre included letters, treatises, dialogues, short poems and orations.

Florin Leonte deals with several of his texts shaped by a didactic intention to educate the emperor's son and successor, John VIII Palaiologos. He argues that the emperor constructed a rhetorical persona which he used in an attempt to compete with other contemporary power-brokers. While Manuel Palaiologos adhered to many rhetorical conventions of his day, he also reasserted the civic role of rhetoric.

With a special focus on the first two decades of Manuel II Palaiologos' rule, 1391-1417, Leonte offers a new understanding of the imperial ethos in Byzantium by combining rhetorical analysis with investigation of social and political phenomena.

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