Republican theory and political dissidence in Ioannes Lydos
Author: Kaldellis, Anthony
Source: Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, Volume 29, Number 1, 2005 , pp. 1-16(16)
Publisher: Maney Publishing
Abstract:The treatise of Ioannes Lydos On the Magistracies of the Roman State contains an argument against the legitimacy of the Roman emperors and in favour of the political freedom of the Republic. This argument targets Justinian in particular, whom Lydos compares to tyrants such as the early kings of Rome and the dynasts of the Republic. While most of the essay examines the details of Lydos' text, some consideration is given to its historical context and the range and nature of political dissidence in early Byzantium.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2005-01-01