The Correspondence of Athanasius I, Patriarch of Constantinople
Letters to the Emperor Andronicus II, Members of the Imperial Family, and Officials
Athanasius I, Patriarch of Constantinople; Alice-Mary Maffry Talbot, editor and translator
Dumbarton Oaks Texts
Historical Texts: Facsimiles and Translations, Byzantine Studies, Byzantine History
ISBN: 978-0-88402-040-0, Hardcover, 1975, Out of print
These letters reveal much that is of interest in the political, social, and religious spheres of the Byzantine Empire just before and just after the turn of the thirteenth century. Political and social conditions of the Empire are here described in detail as the patriarch struggled to alleviate the misery of the people and to discipline the officials of the Church for their venality and indolence. The letters provide also glimpses of daily life in Byzantium, and contain interesting prosopographical information about heretofore unknown personages.
Dumbarton Oaks Texts 3 / CFHB 7