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Bibil Identifier bibil:237367
Publication Type Article of book
Title (English, Long) Byzantium in the Seventh Century
Author Kaegi, Walter E.
Edited book The Oxford Handbook of Maximus the Confessor
Year (Reference) 2015
Language English
Pages 84-105 Pages
Genre Original
Abstract The author discusses the imperilled legitimacy of Byzantium in the seventh century, and the survival of a venerable and prestigious bureaucratic empire in an era of rapid change, which included the advent of Islam. He considers the heavy heritage of old bureaucratic structures that were both an asset and a liability. Internal military and political strife included unprecedented violent imperial succession crises and issues of legitimacy, the ambivalent legacy of Emperor Heraclius, and the Heraclian dynasty’s repeated succession crises. The author assesses the adequacy of issues of ethnic, linguistic, and religious divisiveness in the seventh century as explanations for political and military defeats and revival. The nadir of the internal and external crises was reached between 640 and 675 despite imperial efforts to strengthen ties of political and military loyalty. The appearance of Islam created unprecedented challenges, and Byzantine attempts to cope included military and diplomatic strategies.
Keywords Thesaurus BiBIL : Ancient Christianity : Periods : Sixth Century and beyond
Thesaurus BiBIL : Unbound Keywords : Islam
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