Episode 191 – The Sack of Ani

Nomisma histamenon of Isaac I Komnenos

Nomisma histamenon of Isaac I Komnenos

Isaac Komnenos comes to power urgently trying to restore the budget. But when he dies two years later his successor Constantine X Doukas reverses his economising. As he cuts from the military budget instead Turkic raiders sack the Armenian city of Ani.

Period: 1057-64

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5 thoughts on “Episode 191 – The Sack of Ani

  1. jeandukeofalecon

    Something interesting to note is that Isaac’s coins showing him with drawn sword, though unique in being mentioned and interpreted by multiple contemporary historians, are actually just a slight evolution of a numismatic iconography already established by Monomachos, in which the Emperor is shown in military garb holding a cross in his right hand and a sheathed sword in his left, similar to the famous portrait of Basil II. A few examples:

    https://www.numisbids.com/n.php?p=lot&sid=394&lot=368

    https://www.cngcoins.com/Coin.aspx?CoinID=81630

    The innovations introduced by Isaac were to apply this format to the gold coins (though Constantine had already minted gold coins in a different style depicting himself holding a sheathed sword, albeit wearing a civil chlamys instead of true military dress: https://i.imgur.com/TsndZxx.jpg) and, more importantly, to depict the sword unsheathed, which was evidently rather controversial at the time.

  2. Pierre

    Finally we are getting to the Komnenoi, my favorite dynasty and truly some of the most capable leaders in history. Thanks for this wonderful podcast and keep up the good work!

  3. Pierre

    Are you planning on doing future episodes on the Trapezuntine empire as well?

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