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Ambition and Brotherly Love

Leonora Neville

in Anna Komnene: The Life and Work of a Medieval Historian

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780190498177
eISBN:
9780190498191
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190498177.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter argues that there is little substantive evidence to think that Anna Komnene hated her brother John II Komnenos. It discusses passages in the Alexiad used to argue for animosity and the ... More


Deathbed Dramas

Leonora Neville

in Anna Komnene: The Life and Work of a Medieval Historian

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780190498177
eISBN:
9780190498191
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190498177.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

Pointing out that the standard image of Anna Komnene in modern scholarship—as an ambitious and arrogant woman who desperately wanted to rule the empire—is the exact opposite of the image of a modest, ... More


Theodoros Prodromos’ Historical Poems: A Hymnic Celebration of John II Komnenos

Andrew Faulkner

in The Reception of the Homeric Hymns

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
December 2016
ISBN:
9780198728788
eISBN:
9780191795510
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728788.003.0014
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter explores Theodoros Prodromos’ praise of the emperor John II Komnenos in his historical poems. It is argued that Prodromos knew and consciously interacted with the ancient tradition of ... More


Anna Komnene: The Life and Work of a Medieval Historian

Leonora Neville

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780190498177
eISBN:
9780190498191
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190498177.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

The authorial persona constructed by Anna Komnene in her Alexiad (a history of her father the Byzantine Emperor, Alexios Komnenos, 1081–1118) responded to the challenges Byzantine culture created for ... More


Celebrating an Odd Bird

Leonora Neville

in Anna Komnene: The Life and Work of a Medieval Historian

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780190498177
eISBN:
9780190498191
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190498177.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter explores how Anna Komnene’s character, and her relationships with John Komnenos and Nikephoros Bryennios, were depicted in court oratory of the twelfth century. After discussing works by ... More


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