L'aristocratie sénatoriale de Constantinople et la préfecture du prétoire d'Orient

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This article examines the social origins of the holders of the praetorian prefecture of the East, the most distinguished civil office in the early Byzantine Empire, from the reign of Constantius II (337–61) to the reign of Heraclius (610–41). With the notable exception of the reign of Arcadius (395–408), members of the hereditary aristocracy of the senate of Constantinople do not seem to have had a priority in holding this office. On the other hand, emperors often appointed to this position new men of various backgrounds. Evidence for praetorian prefects of the East is scanty after the middle of the 6th century, and this may suggest that the office as well as its holders lost some of their former prestige even before the reign of Heraclius.
Original languageFrench
Title of host publicationConstantinople Réelle et Imaginaire
Subtitle of host publicationAutour de L'œuvre de Gilbert Dagron
EditorsCécile Morrisson, Jean-Pierre Sodini
Place of PublicationParis
Number of pages47
StatePublished - 2018

Publication series

NameTravaux et Memoires
PublisherDe Boccard Edition - Diffusion

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