Philotheos, Kletorologion of

Philotheos, Kletorologion of
   The most important and exhaustive of official lists (called taktika [q.v.]) of offices and dignities of the Byzantine state. It was composed in 899 by a certain Philotheos, who was both a protospatharios as well as an atriklines (qq.v.), i.e., an official in charge of official banquets. The term kletorologion means roughly an invitation list to a banquet, the immediate use of which would have been to offer instruction on the order of seating at state banquets. The significance to modern scholars is that it provides the most complete list of its kind, with definitions of each title and its importance. Essentially, the kletorologion provides a detailed glimpse of the Byzantine bureaucracy in the late ninth century.

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