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The Alexiad of Anna Comnena Setting & Symbolism

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The Imperial Throne

The Imperial Throne of the Byzantine Empire is the office of Emperor that Alexius held.

The Byzantine Empire

The descendant of the Eastern Roman Empire which descended directly from the Roman Empire. Alexius was the Emperor of the Byzantines in the late-eleventh and early-twelfth centuries.

Constantinople, the Queen of Cities

The capital city of the Byzantine Empire and the home of the Comnenas.

Jerusalem

The famed holy city that Alexius conquered during the First Crusade.

Antioch

An ancient Greek city in modern day Turkey, Antioch was an important connecting city between Constantinople and Jerusalem. Bohemund conquered it during the First Crusade and refused to hand it over to Alexius.

Nicea

Sometimes spelled as Nicaea or Iznik, Nicea lies between Constantinople and Antioch, and was ruled by the Seljuk Turks during Alexius's rule. During the First Crusade, however, he conquered it.

Dyrrachium

A city on the...

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