Michael Psellos in monastic garb (left) with his pupil the emperor Michael VII Doukas; Athos, Pantokrator 234m fol. 254 recto (12th-13th century. Image: Wikimedia Commons under Public Domain Mark 1.0). At the instigation of Michael VII Doukas, Psellos composed his “Discourse on the Miracle that Occurred in the Blachernae Monastery” translated here (see 5. 29).