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despot (despot ¯ es) ‘lord, master’: High imperial title in the Palaiologan period, generally res...
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Praetorian Prefecture: The largest administrative unit of the empire from the time of Constantine...
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Typikon: Document setting out the rules and regulations for the administration of a monastic comm...
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A type of annuity administered by monasteries which provided (elderly) laity with a regular allot...
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Oikonomos: The financial officer of a large church monastery, responsible for the management of i...
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Ducat: Two types of coin from the duchy of Venice: (1) the thirteenthand early fourteenth-century...
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Despotes: High imperial title in the later Byzantine period, generally reserved for members of th...
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Diadem: originally a head-band, then imperial Roman symbol of majesty from the fourth century on;...
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Egyptian population who spoke the Coptic language; after Egypt’s mid-seventh-century conquest by ...
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Aktemon: A peasant with no property, no oxen or plough.
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Stratiotes: A soldier; by derivation from the 10th century a holder of “military” land, subject t...
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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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tribunus (s.), tribuni (pl.): term for indigenous local rulers in southern Italy, which fell out ...
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Augustus (m.), Augusta (f.) senior emperor within a group of coemperors, or within a single famil...
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Hexagram: Silver coin introduced by Heraclius, lit. “six grams,” 12 to a nomisma. Although issued...
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Charistikiarios: A person or institution that was granted administrative responsibilities over a ...
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Diocese: Lat. dioecesa, Gk. Dioikêsis, an administrative unit consisting of several provinces; fr...
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Confraternity: A group of laymen, clerics, and monks linked to monasteries and formed to honor pa...
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Alloy containing silver and gold in a Byzantine coin.
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Thrakesioi: one of the earliest themes, based in western Anatolia with headquarters at Chonai.
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