Michael Featherstone F. Bauer Hrsg. But for us there are two problems here. First, though we can more or less trace the confines of this palace on the map of modern Istan- bul, all of its many structures and spatial elements have long vanished and can only be hy- pothetically reconstructed on the basis of written sources, of which the De Cerimoniis is the most important.

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The compilation of Rep. The structures of the Great Palace are shown in their approximate position as derived from literary sources. Surviving structures are in black. They rather describe administrative ceremonies like the appointment of certain functionaries ch.

The "palace order" did not only prescribe the way of movements symbolic or real like on foot, mounted, by boat, but also the costumes of the celebrants and who has to perform certain acclamations. The emperor often plays the role of Christ and the imperial palace is chosen for religious rituals, so that the ceremonial book brings the sacred and the profane together.

Book II seems to be less normative, it rather describes particular ceremonies as they had been celebrated during particular imperial receptions of the past. The second book follows a very similar composition: 1 religious feasts and the more or less mythological description of certain palace buildings according to the Macedonian Renaissance,[5] 2 secular ceremonies and imperial ordonations,[6] 3 imperial receptions and war festivities at the hippodrome.

But its descriptions remember later customs of the Porphyrogennetos dynasty, including those of Constantine and his son Romanos.

It seems that book I was compiled during the time, when Constantine commissioned the ceremonial book, but the project was continued by later chronists after his lifetime. The English Historical Review —;— Byzantium The "Golden Hippodrome" was an own ceremony to inaugurate a new season and to fix the calendar of the ceremonial located in the hippodrome.

Occasionally also votive horse races were given, like on 22 July for the feast of Saint Elias. Woodrow, Zoe Antonia Durham University. Byzantinische Zeitschrift 19— In Anthony Cutler, Arietta Papaconstantinou eds. Leiden: Brill. Edition and Translation Ann Moffatt tr. Konstantinos Porphyrogennetos: The book of ceremonies in 2 volumes. Byzantina Australiensia Reiske ed. Canberra: Australian Association for Byzantine Studies.

External links Partial translation of Book 1 and 2 by P. Stephenson Categories.


De ceremoniis aulae Byzantinae libri duo

This is one of several translated excerpts from Byzantine sources prepared and mounted by Paul Stephenson. 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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