The Laws of the Isaurian
Era: The Ecloga and Its Appendices
The Byzantine Emperor Leo the Isaurian
became influenced by taunts from Muslim propaganda that Christians were idolaters for worshipping images.
(1) The persecutions of the seventh through the tenth centuries by Heraklios, Leo the Isaurian
, Basil the Macedonian, and Romanos Lekapenos were each rescinded in turn, but the legacy of ecclesiastical anti-Jewish propaganda--sometimes virulent, often congenial--continued throughout the millennium of Byzantium.
Instead, the book focuses on the role of Emperor Leo I (457-474) and the subsequent Isaurian
and Macedonian dynasties in shaping the collective public expression of Marian iconic devotion in the capital of the Byzantine empire.
But inside the city, a shrewd administration had prepared for the siege and a new emperor, Leo the Isaurian
, a capable and efficient military leader, was prepared to resist.
revolt, foreign policy in the east and west, the search for religious compromise, administration and domestic policy, and building are the areas she considers.
(34) The Losta or Zosta site, little more than a hamlet in the Isaurian
Kodylessus territory (Asia Minor), has an inscription of a Christian teacher Eugraphius for his son.
However, the new generation of idol smashers will be no more successful than were the followers of Henry VIII or Martin Luther or Leo the Isaurian
and Constantine Copronymus.
(Gr, " image breakers " ) Reformers who rose in the Eastern Church in the 7th and 8th centuries, beginning under Emperor Leo III, the Isaurian
. They destroyed sacred images, or icons, in the churches because they feared such visual representation would lead to pagan idol worship.