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Judith Herrin

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691153018

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691153018.001.0001

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Realities of Provincial Government

Realities of Provincial Government

Hellas and Peloponnesos, 1180–1205

(p.58) 3 Realities of Provincial Government
Margins and Metropolis

Judith Herrin

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines how Byzantine administration worked on the ground in the provinces of Hellas and Peloponnesos during the period 1180–1204. The Byzantine Empire was governed through a complex administrative system, predominantly military in nature, within which civilian and ecclesiastical sectors played a key role. The theme of Hellas and Peloponnesos was created in the first half of the eleventh century when the two provinces were combined into a single unit. It was administered by both military and civil appointees. The chapter considers the administrative structure of provincial government, focusing on the triad of military, civilian, and ecclesiastical administration. It also discusses the diocese under the metropolitan of Athens that extended over central Greece, along with the local government officials of Hellas and Peloponnesos.

Keywords:   provincial government, Hellas, Peloponnesos, Byzantine Empire, military administration, civilian administration, ecclesiastical administration, diocese, Greece, local government officials

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