Travels of an exarch: Smaragdus and the Anastasian Walls

James Crow

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The reconstruction was undertaken under the supervision of the renowned patrician Smaragdus, and he is the main subject of this chapter since some notion of his chronology may enable us to get a better idea when the works were carried out during the 31 years of Heraclius' rule. Authors now need to turn to the last recorded achievements of Smaragdus' career and to consider when he was called upon the direct the construction of what sixth-century sources refer to as the Wall of Constantinople. Similarly for Smaragdus if we start at the secure date of 584/5 when he was first attested as exarch and patrician, and set aside a slightly earlier Tiberius Constantine reference, a similar period brings us to 615, well into Heraclius' reign.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationItaly and the East Roman World in the Medieval Mediterranean
Subtitle of host publicationEmpire, Cities and Elites, 476-1204
EditorsThomas J. MacMaster, Nicholas S. M. Matheou
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9781315108094
ISBN (Print)9781138091313
Publication statusPublished - 25 Aug 2021

Publication series

NameBirmingham Byzantine and Ottoman Studies


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