Historical Argument Paper 1-Draft 1

Historical Argument Paper 1-Draft 1 - Haley Arenson David...

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Haley Arenson David History 313 P arents want to provide their kids with the knowledge that they’ll need to know for the future. They begin teaching them as they are very young and continue to share their experiences and what they’ve learned with their children in hopes that the child will learn from their mistakes and use the knowledge to better the world in some way or another. Constantine Porphyrogenitus was among these parents. He wanted to provide information for his son in order to help him manage when he would become emperor. Constantine did so by writing De Administrando Imperio . In this , he shared his knowledge of foreign affairs including wars, religions and cultural practices of different places in Byzantium. In these extensive historical accounts with information about foreign policy, Constantine speaks directly to his son. “Fix, my son, your minds’s eye upon my words and learn those things which I command you…” (Jenkins 67). By doing so, he makes it seem like these documents are private from the public and were created for the sole reason to share this information with his son to aid him when he is emperor. However it seems as though this document wasn’t just written for his son’s eyes only but instead that it was intended to be read by the court in order to not only impress others with his extensive knowledge on foreign affairs but to also present the idea of a medieval game of risk. The first way in which it can be argued that Constantine didn’t write the
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This note was uploaded on 03/17/2012 for the course HISTORY 212 taught by Professor Neville during the Spring '12 term at Wisconsin.

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