It describes ceremonial procedures, often in minute detail, from the perspective of court officals, and addresses other matters insofar as they affected the day-to-day rhythm of life in Constantinople. The treatise has survived in only two manuscripts, the first long known, the second only recently identified in two parts. The Leipzig manuscript Leip. The second manuscript dates from the same period, but in the eleventh century was scraped clean and over-written with a new text.

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Login via Institution. Editors: Anne Moffatt and Maxeme Tall. This is the first modern language translation of the entire text of the tenth-century Greek Book of Ceremonies De ceremoniis , a work compiled and edited by the Byzantine emperor Constantine VII It preserves material from the fifth century through to the s.

Chapters deal with diverse subjects of concern to the emperor including the role of the court, secular and ecclesiastical ceremonies, processions within the Palace and through Constantinople to its churches, the imperial tombs, embassies, banquets and dress, the role of the demes, hippodrome festivals with chariot races, imperial appointments, the hierarchy of the Byzantine administration, the equipping of expeditions, including to recover Crete from the Arabs, and the lists of ecclesiastical provinces and bishoprics.

E-Book PDF. Prices from excl. VAT :. View PDF Flyer. By: Ann Moffatt and Maxeme Tall. Pages: i—xxii. Pages: xxiii—xxxviii. Pages: 1— Pages: — Byzantina Australiensia Online. Terms and Conditions Privacy Statement Accessibility. Powered by: PubFactory. Sign in to annotate. Delete Cancel Save. Cancel Save.


De Ceremoniis

The De Ceremoniis fully De cerimoniis aulae Byzantinae is the conventional Latin name for a Greek book of ceremonial protocol at the court of the Byzantine emperors in Constantinople. In non-specialist English sources, it tends to be called the Book of Ceremonies of Constantine VII Porphyrogennetos variably spelt , a formula used by writers including David Talbot Rice and the modern English translation. It was written or at least commissioned by Emperor Constantine VII reigned , probably around The compilation of Rep. In its incomplete form chapters of book I describe processions and ceremonies on religious festivals many lesser ones, but especially great feasts like the Elevation of the Cross , Christmas, Epiphany, Palm Sunday, Good Friday, Easter and Ascension Day and saint's days like St Demetrius , St Basil etc. These protocols gave rules for imperial progresses to and from certain churches at Constantinople and the imperial palace, [3] with fixed stations and rules for ritual actions and acclamations from specified participants the text of acclamations and processional troparia or kontakia , but also heirmoi and stichera are mentioned , among them also ministers, senate members, leaders of the "Blues" and the "Greens" during the hippodrome's horse races who had an important role during court ceremonies.


De ceremoniis aulae Byzantinae



The book of ceremonies


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