Escorial Taktikon

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The Escorial Taktikon (other spellings: Escurial Taktikon, Escorial Tacticon, Escurial Tacticon), also known as the Taktikon Oikonomides after Nicolas Oikonomides who first edited it, is a list of Byzantine offices, dignities, and titles composed in Constantinople during the 970s (971–975 or 975–979).[1][2][3] The list contains, among many entries, the commanders (strategoi) of the Byzantine Empire's eastern frontier during the Byzantine-Arab Wars,[4] as well as a series of judicial offices.[5]


  1. ^ Kazhdan 1991, "Taktika", p. 2007.
  2. ^ de Souza & France 2008, pp. 144–145: "...a list of offices and dignities known as the Escorial Taktikon written in Constantinople c. 975..."
  3. ^ Magdalino 2003, Paul Stephenson, "The Balkan Frontier in the Year 1000", p. 112: "The Escorial Taktikon (or Taktikon Oikonomides), the modern name given to a precedence list drawn up in Constantinople between 975 and 979..."
  4. ^ de Souza & France 2008, p. 154.
  5. ^ Laiou & Simon 1994, Paul Magdalino, "Justice and Finance in the Byzantine State", p. 104: "It is also worth noting that the Escorial Taktikon of 975 lists a number of judicial offices––thesmophylax, kensor, mystographos, exaktor, hypatos––which must have been created in or soon after the reign of Romanos."