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Anna KomneneThe Life and Work of a Medieval Historian$
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Leonora Neville

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190498177

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190498177.001.0001

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Ambition and Brotherly Love

Ambition and Brotherly Love

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(p.141) 9 Ambition and Brotherly Love
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Anna Komnene
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Leonora Neville

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190498177.003.0010

This chapter argues that there is little substantive evidence to think that Anna Komnene hated her brother John II Komnenos. It discusses passages in the Alexiad used to argue for animosity and the relationship of political ideas in the Alexiad to the politics of the mid-twelfth century when Anna was writing. It demonstrates that two poems of advice ostensibly from Alexios to John, the Alexian Komnenian Muses, concur with the Alexiad in politics, morality, and the characterization of Alexios Komnenos, and thus do not provide evidence of conflict between John and Anna. It explores Anna’s refutation in the Alexiad of the case Anna’s husband, Nikephoros Bryennios, made in his history, the Material for History, that his own family was worthy of imperial rule.

Keywords:   Anna Komnene, John II Komnenos, Manuel Komnenos, Alexian Komnenian Muses, “Material for History”, Yle Historias

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