Proskynesis

(Greek for "prostration," "obeisance.") The act of full prostration before a Byzantine emperor (q.v.), required as a sign of servility. It was commonly performed by foreign diplomats during interviews with the emperor. For example, when Liutprand of Cremona (q.v.) had an audience with Constantine VII (q.v.) in 949 he did the required proskynesis three times. When he looked up he found that the emperor had been mechanically elevated on his throne to ceiling height. In art after the eighth century the proskynesis replaced the orant (q.v.) as an indication of prayer.

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