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Imperial Visions of Late Byzantium: Manuel II Palaiologos and Rhetoric in Purple

Florin Leonte


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. This book deals with several of his texts shaped by a didactic intention to educate the emperor’s son and successor, John VIII Palaiologos. It is argued 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 ... More

Keywords: Byzantium, Late Byzantium, court literature, Constantinople, imperial ideology, rhetoric, advisory literature, didactic, narrative, dialogue

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9781474441032
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2020 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474441032.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Florin Leonte, author