Aristotelis Nayfa

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University of Edinburgh

Monetary Exchanges and Social Capital in the Court and Empire of Constantine VII Porphyrogennetos 

I would like to thank the Economic History Society for the PhD Bursary they provided me to help fund my studies during the 2019-2020 academic year. These funds afforded me both the living and travel expenses needed to conduct my research. This was particularly important during a year when the world came to a halt due to an unprecedented global pandemic. I was able to continue my research, which seeks to reconstruct the tenth century Constantinopolitan court, and the underlying finances that funded this social institution. Thanks to this generous grant, I spent a month at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, using their collection of over 17000 seals to help build my prosopography of tenth century Byzantine courtiers.