Coronation_Ceremony - The Byzantine Coronation Ceremony,...

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The Byzantine Coronation Ceremony, according to Emperor Constantine VII, Porphyrogennetos [It is apparent from the acclamations that the ceremony included the coronation of a Senior Emperor and his junior Emperor, according to the ancient system which had been in place since the time of Diocletian. This system specified that a junior emperor was to be named as a successor, and crowned along with the senior emperor. Sometimes this was a mere formality, sometimes it was politically significant, depending on the people and circumstances. Existing wives and children of the emperors were certainly part of the ceremony, for the purposes of legitimization of the children as heirs]. The Roles: a.The more extensive roles (2 persons needed(: Chanters (two Persons) The People (the entire class) b.The smaller roles (11 persons needed) Master of the Ceremonies (one person) Patricians (two persons) Senators (two persons) Silentarios (one person) Praipositos (one person) Dignitaries (two persons) The two demes (two persons) The parts are mostly chanted, and they are highly repetitive and ritualistic in nature.
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CONSTANTINE VII PORPHYROGENITUS, DE CERIMONIIS AULAE BYZANTINAE , I, 38 (ed. Reiske, I, pp. 191-6; ed. Vogt, II, pp. 1-5, cc. 47-8) All arrive with robes, and the whole senate and the officers of the Schools and the other regiments change and assume in advance the insignia for escorting the sovereigns ( despotas ), and when all is ready, the emperor ( basileus ) departs the Augusteion, wearing his skaramangion and purple sagion , escorted by [his personal staff] of the bedchamber, and proceeds as far as the Onopodion, and the first reception of the patricians occurs at the Onopodion, where the [Master] of Ceremonies ( o epi tês katastaseôs ) says: [Master] of Ceremonies : - “May you reign” The patricians: -“For many and good years.” Then they process down as far as the great Konsistorion, and within the Konsistorion are standing the consuls ( hypatoi ) and the rest of the senators, and the sovereigns stand in the kiborion , and all the senators together with the patricians prostrate themselves. As they rise, the sovereigns give a sign to the praipositos , and the silentarios intones: Silentarios: -“At your command,” Senators and patricians: - “For many and good years.” And they move off into the church [of Holy Wisdom, Hagia Sophia] through the Schools, and the demes ( ta merê
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