March 19 A Byzantine Renaissance - The Revival of Learning

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History 205 Byzantium: Imperial Age March 19, 2007 A Byzantine Renaissance: The Revival of Learning Michael III is named emperor when he is very young, so his mother, Theodora, rules for him o When he is about 15, Michael is starting to get sick of his mother’s rule Theoktistos o A unic who is running the empire in Michael’s place Bardas o Michael’s uncle o Bardas helps Michael gain the title of sole ruler of the emperor o Bardas is names Caesar by Michael Highest position possible below emperor Basil I o A peasant who comes to Constantinople from the countryside o He is physically large and strong o Because of his size, he becomes the groom at the court o Basil becomes friends with the emperor 865 – Byzantines are on a campaign in Crete against the Arabs o Michael, Bardas, and Basil are all there o April 21, 865 – Basil kills Bardas with his bare hands Michael names Basil co-emperor April 23, 867 – There is a banquet, Michael gets very drunk, and Basil has Michael
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