Number 9. 2021
Estudios bizantinos is a digital and international open-access journal of Byzantine Studies. It has been created by the Sociedad Española de Bizantinística and it welcomes scientific papers with original and high-quality content on any aspect of the Byzantine civilisation.

Antonio Pio di Cosmo

The ancient feast of the harvest’s inauguration survived in the Byzantium of the X century. This celebration, linked to the fertility of the Earth, was not only confined to the rural world, but even found space in the ceremonies of the Imperial palace. This ceremony exploited the grapes’ symbolism, an ancient sign of prosperity, which became a gift between the Emperor and the Patriarch and the other patricians. It survived within the context of the Roman Eastern court as it was connected to the aeterna basileia and celebrated the imperium sine fine, which the Roman Emperor held.
Keywords: Basileus, vendemmia, benedizione uva, élite dell’Impero, banchetto