Category: Glossary of Byzantine Terms

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Ducat: Two types of coin from the duchy of Venice: (1) the thirteenthand early fourteenth-century...
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Davidic of or pertaining to David, king of Israel, or to his family
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Demesne: Western form of land tenure, referring to the lands retained by a lord for his own use (...
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Boukellarioi: theme formed in the later eighth century in north-west Asia Minor, taking its name ...
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Eunuch: Castrated male who could occupy any position in the imperial system; some offi ces were r...
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Ekklesiarches: The sacristan of a church, responsible for preparing for services by setting out t...
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Ecloga: “Selections” from Roman law, interpreted in the light of its own time and codifi ed as a ...
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Despotes: High imperial title in the later Byzantine period, generally reserved for members of th...
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Confraternity: A group of laymen, clerics, and monks linked to monasteries and formed to honor pa...
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Codex Justinianus: Codification of Roman law produced at the beginning of the reign of Justinian ...
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Roga: Originally a salary paid monthly, quarterly, or annually; from at least the 9th century als...
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Scriptorium: A writing bureau or clerical copying establishment, usually associated with a monast...
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Thelematarioi: “Volunteers,” soldiers/watchmen who served on the basis of grants of land given by...
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Synodikon: An inventory in a church or monastery that registered items donated and the commemorat...
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Typikon: Document setting out the rules and regulations for the administration of a monastic comm...
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Thema: A “theme,” from the early 9th century the technical term for the district across which sol...
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Kommerkiarioi: Fiscal officials responsible for state-supervised commerce and the taxes thereon. ...
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Praetorian Prefecture: The largest administrative unit of the empire from the time of Constantine...
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Oikonomos: The financial officer of a large church monastery, responsible for the management of i...
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Laura: A type of monastery in which monks lived as solitaries during the week, but assembled on w...
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