An Addendum to the PLRE?

The Case of the Cubicularius Novianos


  • Christian Michel Universität Duisburg-Essen, Germany



Byzantine Empire, Eastern Roman Empire, Eunuchs, Court


Addendum to the PLRE?

The short article deals with the existence of a court eunuch that was named Novianos. The person in question can be found in a study of the French Byzantinist Rodolphe Guilland, but seems to be non-existent in the classical sources.


Primary sources

Bekker I. (ed.), Sancti Nicephoris Patriarchae Constantinopolitani. Breviarium Rerum Post Mauricium Gestarum, Bonn 1837.

de Boor C. (ed.), Opuscula historica, Leipzig 1880.

Mango C. (ed.), Nikephoros Patriarch of Constantinople, Short History, Dumbarton Oaks 1990.

Secondary sources

PLRE = Martindale J.R. 1992, The Prosopography of the Later Roman Empire, Volume III B, Cambridge.

Cheney V.T., 2006, A Brief History of Castration, Bloomington.

Guilland R., 1943, ‘Les eunuques dans l’empire byzantin: Etude de titulature et de prosopographie Byzantines’, Études Byzantines 1, pp. 197–238. DOI:

MacMaster T.J., 2015, The Transformative Impact of the Slave Trade on the Roman World, 580 – 720, Edinburgh (Doctoral Dissertation),




How to Cite

Michel , C. . “An Addendum to the PLRE? The Case of the Cubicularius Novianos”. Classica Cracoviensia, vol. 22, Oct. 2019, pp. 235-40, doi:10.12797/CC.20.2019.22.09.



Byzantina et Neograeca