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By Dimitri Obolensky

A set of biographies, this booklet tells the tale of six remarkable men--four of them stated saints--who lived among the ninth and sixteenth centuries in East Europe and, through beginning, career, or own conditions, belonged at the same time to the Greek and Slav worlds. From Clement of Ohrid, Theophylact of Ohrid, and Vladimir Monomakh, to Sava Nemanjic, Cyprian, and Maximos the Greek, Obolensky's photographs offer wealthy perception into the varied cosmopolitan global of jap Europe, the function those males performed within the historical past of the Byzantine cultural commonwealth, and the contribution they made to eu heritage.

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Browning, Byzantium and Bulgaria (London, 1975), 155; Cf. P. Lemerle, Le Premier Humanisme byzantin (Paris, 1971). According to the ‘Long Life’ (xviii. 59) Clement ordained from among these chosen disciples readers, subdeacons, deacons, and priests. This must be a confusion with his later activity as bishop, since as a priest he would not have had the right to ordain. 58Two churches of this monastery have been excavated on the site of the Imaret Mosque in Ohrid: D. Koco, ‘Klimentoviot manastir ‘‘Sv.

215–43; on Anna Dalassena see ibid. 87–96. 19See R. Katičić, xxx (1960–1), 370–3; Gautier, L'Épiscopat de Théophylacte Héphaistos. 159–60. 20Théophylacte d'Achrida, 29–36. 22 These theories, in my view, are wholly without foundation. 23 The Byzantine authorities looked on the see of Ohrid as a key post. Basil II had annexed Bulgaria to the Empire in 1018, and in an attempt to appease the Bulgarians had allowed them to keep several of their cherished national institutions. Chief among these was their Church.

It encompassed the region of the west Macedonian lakes and much of central and southern Albania. 51 There can be little doubt that Clement's pupils included Albanians as well as Macedonian Slavs, and that the brighter alumni from both these groups later played their part in fostering the Cyrillo-Methodian tradition in the heart of the Balkan peninsula. When Clement was appointed didaskalos of Koutmitsinitsa he was still only a priest. He held this post for seven years, until he was consecrated bishop.

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