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De Administrando Imperio

De Administrando Imperio

Constantine Porphyrogenitus

Edited by Gyula Moravcsik
Translated by Romilly J. H. Jenkins

ISBN 9780884023432

Publication date: 03/31/2009

This is a reprint of the second revised edition of the text and translation of the De Administrando Imperio written and compiled by Emperor Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus in the tenth century. It contains a wide variety of information on both foreign relations and internal administration and is one of the most important historical documents surviving from the Middle Byzantine period. Its confidential character and generally honest appraisal of the empire’s political situation enhance its value for students of Byzantium and Europe during this period. The edition includes general and critical introductions, an index of proper names, and an extensive glossary, as well as grammatical notes and an index of sources and parallel passages.


  • With the republication of this notable tenth-century treatise on the statecraft by the Byzantine emperor Constantine Porphyrogentius, Dumbarton Oaks has inaugurated a most welcome and auspicious project of issuing revised and updated editions of major Byzantine texts...The revised edition of the De Administrando Imperio has been admirably accomplished.

    —Catholic Historical Review


  • Gyula Moravcsik was a distinguished Byzantinologist best known for his monumental work on the historical sources on Byzantine relations with the Turks, Byzantinoturcica.
  • Romilly J. H. Jenkins was Professor of Byzantine History and Literature at Harvard University and Director of Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks.

Book Details

  • 354 pages
  • 6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches
  • Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection