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18. Tented Ceremony: Ephemeral Performances under the Komnenoi

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Studies of Byzantine ceremony focus almost exclusively on the court in Constantinople. Yet campaigning emperors spent as much or more time away from Constantinople than in it, and some of that time was spent under canvas. Can anything be said about the ceremony of the court on campaign? This chapter concentrates largely on the eleventh and twelfth centuries, with tenth-century prescriptive texts, and insights from outside the empire as well as from within. It has long been thought that the court culture of the Komnenoi reflects their military life both before they rose to power and the frequency of the emperor's absence on campaign during their reigns. Tents, eastern and western, also figure in representations of warfare, notably in the Madrid Skylitzes, a Sicilian view of what eastern and western tents might look like.

Keywords: Byzantine ceremony; Constantinople; Komnenoi; Madrid Skylitzes; taktika



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