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By the end of the eignth century only the gold nomisma, silver miliarèsion and copper follis were struck, not the half and quarter follis normally used as small change, nor the fractional gold coins. 39. Theophanes, 405, 410, 423, 443; Nicephorus, 76. 40. Theophanes, 501; Alexander, Nicephorus, 111-25; A. cit. (note 19 above) 20-21; cf. another aspect of this legend, N. Adontz, "Les légendes de Maurice et de Constantin V," AIPHO 2 (1934), 9-11. 20 IV THE GEOGRAPHY OF THE ICONOCLAST WORLD HÉLÈNE AHRWEILER H OWEVER it is considered, whether as a social, political or religious movement, or as a particular attitude to private morals or public ethics, Iconoclasm in all its forms germinates in the breeding ground of the Byzantine Empire.

They were identified as the sole internal enemy, while the Arabs represented the main external enemy. We can provisionally 17. Ioannes Zonaras. Epitome Historiarum. , L. Dindorf, VI (Leipzig, 1875). commentary. 18. F. Dvornik, La vie de Saint Grégoire le Décapolite et les Slaves macédoniens au IXe siècle (Paris, 1926), 54ff. 19. Cited, with further evidence, in Alexander, Nicephorus, 142. 20. See note 12, above. 21. H. Ahrweiler, "Les frontières orientales de l'Empire Byzantin," Rapports du XIVe Congrès International des Etudes Byzantines (Bucarest.

28 Byzantine nationalism grew out of a keenly felt need of the Byzantine people to create ties of solidarity against the distresses and insecurity engendered by the growing Arab threat. Once more, nationalistic feelings appeared as the result of a collective inferiority complex. Byzantine nationalism, created as a counter-weight to the infidels' success, represents a determination to defend. As the Christian faith was threatened by Islam, its defence was a very natural background to Byzantine nationalism.

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