- Jan 2016
- Victoria, Canada
While reading byzantine histories I've noticed that there were quite a few exceptionally powerful ministers in the middle byzantine period (mostly excluding the komnenian period though), sometimes seemingly exercising powers rivaling those of the emperor himself. What I'm wondering is how much real power did these people have? Was there the equivalent of a prime minister or did different offices become more important at different times? Did the powers these ministers exercised come with the office, or were they handed out at an emperor's discretion?