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Headword: *mixah/l
Adler number: mu,1140
Translated headword: Michael
Vetting Status: high
Emperor of [the] Romans,[1] who reigned after Leo the Armenian.[2] After relieving the prevailing evil a little, to the extent that those in prisons and in sufferings and in exile started imagining freedom and dream-like remission, he reheated the God-hated policy of his impious and ill-named predecessor,[3] and similarly being entangled like a fish in the same casting-net of dread heresy died of the utmost fatuity and disorder in the unsoundness and impiety of his doctrines. For he was excessively profane and uneducated: for what he inherited, as if adequate property, from his father's stupidity and vulgarity was ignorance.[4]
Greek Original:
*mixah/l, basileu\s *(rwmai/wn, o( meta\ to\n *)arme/nion *le/onta basileu/sas: o(\s mikro/n ti th=s prokatasxou/shs kaki/as u(pendou/s, o(/son tou\s e)n ei(rktai=s kai\ po/nois kai\ e)cori/ais e)leuqeri/an te kai\ a)/nesin o)neirw/dh fanta/zesqai, to\ tou= prohghsame/nou duswnu/mou kai\ dussebou=s u(pe/qalpe qeostuge\s fro/nhma, kai\ o(moi/ws tw=| au)tw=| a)mfiblh/strw| periparei\s th=s deinh=s ai(re/sews i)xqu/os di/khn toi=s tw=n dogma/twn saqroi=s kai\ a)sebe/sin e)nape/qanen e)c a)krota/ths a)belthri/as te kai\ a)logi/as. a)mu/htos ga\r sfo/dra kai\ a)pai/deutos e)tu/gxanen: a)maqi/an ga\r e)k patrw/|as a)logi/as kai\ a)peirokali/as w(/sper i(kanh\n ou)si/an e)klhrw/sato.
George the Monk, Chronicon 792.7-18.
[1] Michael II, born 770, emperor 820-829; founder of the Amorian dynasty. In 803 he served under Bardanes Tourkos, but deserted to Nikephoros I, who appointed him komes tes kortes. Leo V (see next note) made him domestikos of the exkoubitoi, but Michael revolted against him. See Wikipedia entry at web address 1.
[2] Leo V the Armenian, emperor 813-820. Served under Bardanes Tourkos but deserted him for Nikephoros I, who named him commander of the foederati and later exiled him. Michael I named him strategos of Armeniakon theme. He restored Iconoclasm.
[3] Probably because his supporters killed Leo V the Armenian in church on Christmas Day, 820. Also his marriage to Euphrosyne, the daughter of Constantine VI and then a nun, was denounced as uncanonical by Theodore the Studite.
[4] He was of humble origin and advanced through an army career, marrying Thecla (theta 102), daughter of the thematic commander.
Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium
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Web address 1
Keywords: biography; Christianity; chronology; dreams; ethics; historiography; history; imagery; military affairs; religion; women; zoology
Translated by: Kiril Galev on 18 August 2003@06:30:26.
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David Whitehead (supplied headword and initial note; modified translation; x-ref; keywords; cosmetics) on 18 August 2003@08:28:02.
Catharine Roth (modified translation) on 18 August 2003@23:47:01.
Catharine Roth (continued to modify translation) on 19 August 2003@13:44:21.
Catharine Roth (continued modifying translation) on 19 August 2003@17:56:07.
Catharine Roth (modified translation) on 20 August 2003@13:50:27.
David Whitehead (modified note) on 22 August 2003@03:29:37.
Catharine Roth (added keyword) on 5 October 2005@01:38:42.
David Whitehead (another keyword) on 16 November 2005@08:39:19.
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Catharine Roth (added italics) on 19 April 2008@12:45:28.
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