Start Date

25-4-2022 9:00 AM

End Date

25-4-2022 12:00 PM

Disciplines

History | Medieval History

Subjects

Eunuchs -- Byzantine Empire, Byzantine Empire -- Civilization

Abstract

Great figures of fascination, eunuchs have mystified ancients and contemporaries alike through their physical mutilation, sexual ambiguity, and distinct roles within civilizations and societies. Underpinning Byzantine imperial court life, eunuchs possessed great influence in domestic and political spheres for much of the empire’s history. Following the Latin occupation of Constantinople in the 13th century and extending onwards, however, eunuchs and their influence became increasingly obsolete. This paper explores the broad scope of the Byzantine eunuch’s social and political power and the causes for the eunuch’s decline nearing the collapse of the Byzantine empire.

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© 2022 Tess E. Nye

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https://archives.pdx.edu/ds/psu/37440

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Apr 25th, 9:00 AM Apr 25th, 12:00 PM

Angels, Snakes, and Everything In Between: The Fall of the Byzantine Eunuch

Great figures of fascination, eunuchs have mystified ancients and contemporaries alike through their physical mutilation, sexual ambiguity, and distinct roles within civilizations and societies. Underpinning Byzantine imperial court life, eunuchs possessed great influence in domestic and political spheres for much of the empire’s history. Following the Latin occupation of Constantinople in the 13th century and extending onwards, however, eunuchs and their influence became increasingly obsolete. This paper explores the broad scope of the Byzantine eunuch’s social and political power and the causes for the eunuch’s decline nearing the collapse of the Byzantine empire.