The role of the Armenians in the Byzantine Empire has been often understated, and in some cases entirely ignored. The most common interpretation of Byzantium as a manifestation of Medieval Hellenism has meant no room for the Armenian element within the Byzantine state to be recognised. Toby Bromige has been conducting a revisionist work to restore the Armenian element in Byzantium to its rightful state. In this paper, Toby Bromige will explore the various roles Armenians contributed to Byzantine society as Priests, Generals and Emperors, the latter holding the most significance with some of Byzantium's most heroic figures arising from Armenian migration into the empire.
The Armenians had consolidated as a nation in the second half of the first millennium BC. They were converted to Christianity c.300 AD. As Christian countries surrounded by Moslem states, both Georgia and Armenia looked to the Russian Empire for protection. In the Soviet era Armenia was geographically the smallest of all the Republics in the USSR.
Toby Bromige is a Final Year PhD candidate at Royal Holloway, University of London, under the supervision of Professor Jonathan Harris. He attained his BA in History from Royal Holloway in 2012 and his Masters in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies from the University of London in 2013. His PhD research has been focused on the role of the Armenians in the Byzantine Empire, particularly within the years 950-1084 A.D.
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