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Illustris: Until the middle of the 6th century the highest grade of senatorial rank.
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The name of several officials, the most important being the eparch of the City, the civil governo...
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Chalke; the Bronze Gate: main ceremonial entrance into the Great Palace of Constantinople, throug...
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Franks: A Germanic grouping from the lower Rhine, frequently recruited into the Roman army; unite...
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Normans: people from north-west France, originally of Scandinavian origin; in the eleventh centur...
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Stratiotes: A soldier; by derivation from the 10th century a holder of “military” land, subject t...
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Vlachs: Romance-language-speaking pastoral inhabitants of eastern and south-eastern Europe, desce...
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Ecumenical councils: (from oikoumenikos, ‘worldwide’) conferences of the bishops of the whole chu...
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Danishmend: Turkoman dynasty that ruled over Cappadocia, Sebasteia and Melitene from late elevent...
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tribunus (s.), tribuni (pl.): term for indigenous local rulers in southern Italy, which fell out ...
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Christian sacrament in which the body and the blood of Christ are conveyed to believers in the fo...
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Visigoths (western Goths): Groupings of Goths who raided into Roman territory in the fourth and f...
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Rupenids: First dynasty to rule Armenian Cilicia, from the late eleventh to early thirteenth cent...
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Aktemon: A peasant with no property, no oxen or plough.
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A type of annuity administered by monasteries which provided (elderly) laity with a regular allot...
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Caesaropapism: system whereby the monarch exercised unfettered control over the church in his dom...
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Zealots: strongly iconophile monks in the late eighth to tenth century; midfourteenth century gro...
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Psychika: Gifts made to monasteries in exchange for the monks’ commemoration of the donors and/or...
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Genikon Logothesion: The general treasury and main fiscal department of government after the seve...
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Boukellarioi: theme formed in the later eighth century in north-west Asia Minor, taking its name ...
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