Donor challenge: Your generous donation will be matched 2-to-1 right now. Your $5 becomes $15! Dear Internet Archive Supporter,. I ask only. Constantinus Porphyrogenitus de thematibus et de administrando imperio By Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus (Emperor of the East). (Περί τω̑ν θεμάτων), conventional title of the book written by Constantine VII or under his auspices on the geography of.

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It is a domestic and foreign policy manual for the use of Constantine’s son and successor, the Themqtibus Romanos II. Constantine was a scholar-emperor, who sought to foster learning and education in the Eastern Roman Empire. De Administrando Imperio was written between and To this combination were added Constantine’s own political instructions to his son Romanus. The book content, according to its preface, is divided into four sections: As to the historical and geographic information, which is often confusing and filled with legends, this information is in essence reliable.

The historical and antiquarian treatise, which the Emperor had compiled during the s, is contained in the chapters 12— This treatise contains traditional and legendary stories of how the territories surrounding the Empire came in the past to be occupied by the people living in them in the Emperor’s times SaracensLombardsVenetiansTheamtibusCroatsMagyarsPechenegs.

Chapters 1—8, 10—12 explain imperial policy toward the Pechenegs and Turks. Chapter 13 is a general directive on foreign policy coming thematigus the Emperor.


Chapters 43—46 are about contemporary policy in the north-east Armenia and Georgia. The guides to the incorporation and taxation of new imperial provinces, and to some parts of civil and naval administration, are in chapters 49— These later chapters and chapter 53 were designed to give practical instructions to the emperor Romanus II, and are probably added during the year —52, in order to mark Romanus’ fourteenth birthday The partial manuscript M is in Modena.

De thematibus

The Greek text in its entirety was published seven times. The editio princepswhich was based on Vwas published in by Johannes Meursiuswho gave it the Latin title by which it is now universally known, and which translates as On Administering the Empire.

This edition was published six years later with no changes. The next edition belongs to the A. Bandur which is collated copy of the first edition and manuscript P.

Banduri’s edition was reprinted twice: Constantine himself had not given the work a name, preferring instead to start the text with the standard formal salutation: The language Constantine uses is rather straightforward High Medieval Greeksomewhat more elaborate than that of the Canonic Gospelsand easily comprehensible to an educated modern Greek.

The only difficulty is the regular use of technical terms which, being in standard use at the time, may present prima facie hardships to a modern reader. In the preamble, the emperor makes a point that he has avoided convoluted expressions and ” lofty Atticisms ” on purpose, so as to make everything ” plain as the beaten track of common, everyday speech ” for his son and those high officials with whom he might later choose to share the work.


It is probably the extant written text that comes closest to the vernacular employed by the Imperial Palace bureaucracy in 10th century Constantinople. Vari planned a new critical edition of this work and J. Bury later proposed to include this work in his collection of Byzantine Texts.

He gave up the plan for an edition, surrendering it to Gyula Moravcsik in The first modern edition of the Greek text by Gy. Moravscik and its English translation by R.

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Jenkins appeared in Budapest in From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Byzanz und Ostmitteleuropa International Congress of Byzantine Studies, Copenhagen Laiou 1 January Moravcsik, Gyulaed.

De Administrando Imperio 2nd revised ed.

Dumbarton Oaks Center for Byzantine Studies. History of the Byzantine State. Radovi Zavoda za hrvatsku povijest u Zagrebu.

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