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John Lydus and the eastern Praetorian prefecture in the Sixth Century AD

Christopher Kelly
From the journal

§ 1 On the Magistracies of the Roman State

Sometime in the mid sixth century, John Lydus (“the Lydian”), then a professor of Latin at the State University of Constantinople, decided to write his autobiography. John had led an eventful life (at least in his own re-telling). He was born around 490 in Philadelphia, the chief city of the province of Lydia on the western coast of Asia Minor. In 511, after an expensive education, which included learning Latin, he left his home town for the imperial capital. Arriving in Constantinople, John had high hopes of a successful career. He aimed to secure a post in one of the imperial secretariats (sacra scrinia) whose highly privileged staff, working within the palace, dealt with administrative and judicial matters directly involving the emperor himself (3.26).

Published Online: 2008-02-25
Published in Print: 2006-April-26

© 2006 by K. G. Saur Verlag GmbH, München und Leipzig