By Ruth Macrides
This can be the 1st English translation and learn of George Akropolites' background, the most Greek resource for the background of Byzantium among 1204 and 1261. Akropolites relates what occurred to Byzantium after the Latin conquest of its capital, Constantinople, by means of the Fourth campaign in 1204. He narrates the fragmentation of the Byzantine global, describing how the newly demonstrated 'empire' in Anatolia prevailed over its overseas and Byzantine enemies to recapture the capital in 1261. Akropolites was once an eyewitness to many of the occasions he relates and a guy just about the emperors he served, and his account has for this reason stimulated glossy perceptions of this era. it's been a vital resource for all these learning the japanese Mediterranean within the 13th century. although, beforehand historians have made use of his historical past with out realizing something approximately its writer. Ruth Macrides treatments this deficiency through supplying an in depth advisor to Akropolites' paintings and an research of its composition, which areas it within the context of medieval Greek historic writing.
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Loukaki, ‘Remarques sur le corps de douze didascales au XIIe sie`cle’, ¯ÕØÕ×É`. Me´langes oVerts a` He´le`ne Ahrweiler (Paris, 1998), 427–38. 34 In the History also there is evidence of Blemmydes’ inXuence on Akropolites. 35 But Blemmydes aVected Akropolites beyond the knowledge of the subjects he imparted. Other debts remain unacknowledged although more signiWcant. 36 From the time of his studies under Blemmydes37 until 1246, when Akropolites accompanied the emperor John on his three-month campaign in the ‘west’,38 nothing certain is known about Akropolites’ life.
45 above for these letters. , Autobiographia I, §67; Munitiz, A Partial Account, 21. 51 See n. 37 above. 52 The letters and Theodore’s encomium of Akropolites may be elusive with regard to the period of instruction. They are, however, explicit and clear about Theodore’s aVection for his teacher. 56 In his next intervention in the History, Akropolites relates that he was among those sent by the emperor John in 1252 to conclude a treaty with Michael II of Epiros at Larissa. 57 Another ambassadorial mission Akropolites accomplished at some unspeciWed date, but certainly in the reign of John III, was a journey to Constantinople.
What Akrop. wrote after Theodore’s death, in the reign of Michael VIII, cannot be read as a reXection of his relations with Theodore during the latter’s lifetime. On this, see below, 57–60, 62, 64–5. 55 See below, 19–28, for a discussion of the titles Akrop. held. 56 §44. 26, 39. 7–8: ïPŒ qí ªaæ ÷ŁæÆ âæïôHí, mí óf ìåóÜóøí ïP ºýóåØò. 59 It was during Theodore II’s second Bulgarian campaign in 1256 that Akropolites was given a charge with very diVerent responsibilities. 62 He had no experience in this area.