Michael Psellus On The Challenge Of Being An Emperor

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Michael Psellus (1017-1078?) was a Greek cleric, historian, and advisor to a number of Byzantine emperors.  His work, known by the name Chronographia, is a series of biographical portraits of fourteen emperors occupying the throne of the Eastern Roman Empire from about 978 to 1050.  Although not a well-known work, it is a candid and intimate record of palace events that the author had first-hand knowledge of.

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