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By A. P. Kazhdan

Byzantium, that darkish sphere at the outer edge of medieval Europe, is usually considered as the immutable residue of Rome's decline. during this hugely unique and provocative paintings, Alexander Kazhdan and Ann Wharton Epstein revise this conventional snapshot through documenting the dynamic social adjustments that happened throughout the 11th and 12th centuries.

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If these proasteia had been comparable to later estates, and if his herds had been large, then Philaretos would indeed have been a rich man. But the fact is, all fifty of Philaretos's estates were located within a single village, Amnia, and all his herds grazed on the grass around the same village. Further, although Philaretos possessed the roomiest and the most beautiful house in the village, his life was not one of leisure. He appears in his vita plowing his allotment aJong with other members of the village.

17 17. The first of them was published by W. a t r by F. '~e zur Gcsclriclrte der byulIltillisc/rclI Filraw:verwaltrlllg (Munich, 1927; reprint: Darmstadt, 1960), 113 23; the second by J. Karayannopoulos, "Fragmente aus dem Vademecum eines byzantinischen Finanzbeamten," Po/ycirrOlrioll, Festsclrrift Franz Do/gel', ed. P. Wirth (Heidelberg, 1966), 321 - 24. For an English translation, see C. M. Brand, "Two Byzantine Treatises on Taxation, " Traditio 25 ("1%9), 35-60. (,opy' ql"too 'T a t- 16 CHANGE IN BYZANTINE CULTURE Important also was the reconsideration (reception) of Roman law, or as the Byzantines put it, the "cleansing" (apoklltharsis) of the law.

P. Wirth (Heidelberg, 1966), 321 - 24. For an English translation, see C. M. Brand, "Two Byzantine Treatises on Taxation, " Traditio 25 ("1%9), 35-60. (,opy' ql"too 'T a t- 16 CHANGE IN BYZANTINE CULTURE Important also was the reconsideration (reception) of Roman law, or as the Byzantines put it, the "cleansing" (apoklltharsis) of the law. Leo m in 726 attempted to substitut his brief Ekloge for the voluminous Corpus of Justinian. He introduced substantial changes in both the marriage and the penal code.

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