Authority in Byzantium

Armstrong, Pamela
Date published: 
February 2013

Authority is an important concept in Byzantine culture, an invisible force that underpinned the Byzantine state and maintained its existence across so many centuries, binding people from different ethnic groups, in different spheres of life and activities together. Even though its significance to understanding the Byzantine world is so central, it is nonetheless imperfectly understood. The present volume brings together an international cast of scholars to explore this concept. Particular sections deal with the authority of the state, the church and the family, and how these were constructed, with attitudes towards the authority of knowledge and text, and with the depiction of authority.