Class 4: Iconoclasm and the Glory Days of Byzantium
I. Introduction II. Heraclius Turning point of Byzantine Empire The Theme System - Unification of Military and civil government - vital after cities die III. Arab Attacks A. 622 Hejira B. Loss of Egypt and Syria First to Persians (millet system. Then to Arabs C. 717-18 Siege of Constantinople Greek Fire D. End of the Cities - Retreat from coasts to castles IV. The Byzantine Dark Ages The Greek Empire - the Balkans and Anatolia A. Demography and the Slavic Migrations Balkans Greece (Fallmeyer Thesis) Anatolia now center of Greek life. B. Economy of the Empire Agrarian Basis V. Iconoclasm A. The issue Icons Use of icons - after paganism B. Leo III the Isaurian - Began to attack images in 726 C. Arab connection? D. Emperor vs. Church E. Irene and Rome VI. The Macedonians A. Basil I 867-86 murders Michael III B. Photius 858-67, 877- Role Bibliotheca The Schism C. Constantine VII Porphrygenitos 913 945-59 in power De Administrando Imperii De Ceremonis Value of Byzantine Princesses Family of Kings D. Byzantine Missions to the Slavs Cyril and Methodius 863 E. Byzantine Conquests Sicily Antioch Armenia F. Economy of the Empire 1. The Dynatoi Basil III 976-1025 2. Imperial response VII. Bureaucracy and Family - Byzantium in the 11th Century Dynastic problems - Psellos - Ending the military control VIII. Mantzikert 1071 Turks and Turcomans Byzantine Collapse IX. Alexius Comnenus Restoration X. The Crusades
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