De Ceremoniis

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Constantine VII Porphyrogenitus in a 945 carved ivory.

De Ceremoniis aulae byzantinae (also spelled cærimoniis or cerimoniis) is the Latin title of a book of ceremonial protocol at the court of the Byzantine emperor in Constantinople. Its Greek title is often cited as "Εκθεσις της βασιλείου τάξεως[1] ("Explanation of the Order of the Palace") or Περί τῆς Βασιλείου Τάξεως ("On the Order of the Palace").

It was written by, or produced for, Emperor Constantine VII (913-959), probably around 956-959, and was partially revised or updated under Nikephoros II (963-969), perhaps under the supervision of Basil Lekapenos, the imperial parakoimomenos.[2]

One of the book's appendices is the Three Treatises on Imperial Military Expeditions, a war manual written by Constantine VII for his son and successor, Romanos II.


  1. ^ This hypothetical title, based on a passage in the preface, is used in J.J. Reiske's 1829 edition.
  2. ^ "De Ceremoniis" in The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium, Oxford University Press, New York & Oxford, 1991, p. 595. ISBN 0195046528

Further reading[edit]

  • Full translation 'The Book of Ceremonies' (accompanied by the Greek text) in two volumes by Ann Moffatt and Maxene Tall, Canberra 2012 (Byzantina Australiensia 18).

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