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By Wendy Conklin

Benjamin Franklin was once a guy of many skills. His brain was once regularly operating to sort things for the colonists either earlier than and after independence. Franklin was once additionally a superb author, and he contributed to either the statement of Independence and the structure.

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For this function see Darrouzès, Recherches sur les de l'Église byzantine, 78–9. 10See D. I. Polemis, The Doukai (London, 1968). 60–3. < previous page page_37 next page > < previous page page_38 next page > Page 38 the Emperor Alexius I Comnenus. He was then about ten years old, and had just become engaged to Anna Comnena, the new-born daughter of Alexius, who appointed his prospective son-in-law coemperor: this seemed to assure Constantine's eventual succession to the throne. But in 1087 his hopes were dashed, when Alexius' consort bore him a son, and Constantine's prospects were shifted to the infant John Comnenus.

135–9. See D. Obolensky, ‘The Cult of St Demetrius of Thessaloniki in the History of Byzantine-Slav Relations’, Balkan Studies, xv (1974), 3–20, repr. , The Byzantine Inheritance of Eastern Europe (London, Variorum Reprints, 1982). 74Sŭbrani sŭchineniya, i. 287–305; German tr. 145–51. 75 Of all his extant works it is the warmest and most personal. The intensity of his devotion to his master's memory repeatedly breaks through the sober etiquette of conventional hagiography. Based in part on the Vita Constantini, it illustrates, with the help of techniques borrowed from medieval Greek rhetoric, the underlying features of the Cyrillo-Methodian tradition: an awareness of its Byzantine origins; veneration for the apostolic city of Rome; recognition of the immense debt owed by the Slavs to Constantine, who, by giving them a liturgy and scriptures in their own language, placed them among the chosen peoples of the earth: and a Christian universalism seeking to unite Byzantium and the Slavs within a single religious and cultural community.

185. < previous page page_35 next page > < previous page page_36 next page > Page 36 this virtually colonial situation gave rise to tensions and ambiguities. To see how Theophylact faced and attempted to resolve them we must turn to his writings. The evidence they provide is fortunately abundant; the difficulty lies in the fact that much. of it has to be fitted into its context, and then decoded. Theophylact's biographer faces formidable problems of chronology. The external evidence concerning his life is so scanty that most of its events can only be roughly dated.

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