In our 10th Byzantine Story we look at the life of a provincial magnate. Our way into this world is a text called ‘Advice and Anecdotes’ written by a man named Kekaumenos. He lived in the period after Basil II’s death (1020s-1070s) and was a General and governor.
He wrote this text at the end of his life to give advice to those who had to navigate the Imperial system. It gives us invaluable insights into provincial life and the pressures a man in his position faced.
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Welcome back! It’s great to have you again — I was very sorry to hear all the things you had to deal with this year. I’ll have to admit, this episode’s topic surprised me but it turned out to be very interesting (and, as usual, amazingly done ;)).