After the Text honours the work of renowned historian Margaret Mullett, who since the 1970s has transformed the study of Byzantine literature.
Her work has been influential in demonstrating the strength and variety of Byzantine texts. Byzantium is renowned for its achievements in architecture and the visual arts. Byzantium is renowned for its achievements in architecture and the visual arts. Professor Mullett's perceptive studies, produced over more than 40 years, have shown that the literature of the Byzantine Empire is of equal beauty and interest, ranging, as it does, from high-style poetry and rhetoric in the classical manner through letters to demotic writings such as fables and the lives of saints. The collection of essays in this volume draws further attention to the wealth and diversity of Byzantine texts, by exploring the Greek literature of Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages in all its variety. These studies, by going, like Professor Mullett herself, beyond the texts, illustrate the value of Byzantine literature for interpreting Byzantine history and civilisation in all its richness.
This book is crucial reading for scholars and students of the Byzantine world, as well as for those interested in literary studies.
Table of Contents
Part I: Performance, Narrative and Text
1. The Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Hypapante) according to Two Byzantine Hymnographers: An Encounter in Liturgical Time and Space
Mary B. Cunningham
2. Variations on the Theme of Death: Two Byzantine Limb-by-Limb Laments
3. Theodore Prodromos, Carmina historica, I: Translation and Commentary
Paul Magdalino and †Ruth Macrides
4. Visually Demolished and Textually Reconstructed: Performing the Middle Ages in Contemporary Crime Fiction
Panagiotis A. Agapitos
5. More than a Story: Lactantius, the Anger of God and the Deaths of the Persecutors
6. Narratives of Fluency: Miracles of Mary and Mariology between Byzantium and the West
7. What’s in a Name? The Byzantine Chronicles
8. Kedrenos’ Substitution for Theophanes’ Chronicle
Roger Scott with John Burke and Paul Tuffin
9. The Typikon Section in the Lives of Athanasios the Athonite: Sources and Agendas
10. Constantine the Rhodian’s εἰκών of the Church of the Holy Apostles at Constantinople
11. Τῇ βασιλίσσῃ μοναχῇ κυρᾷ: An Unedited Letter to Eirene Doukaina (and an Ethopoiia in Verse by her Son for his Father)
12. Sophocles, Euripides and the Unusual Cento
13. Letters, Latinitas, and Latent Wordplay: John Milton’s Didactic Epistles to Richard Jones
Part II: Emotion and Gender
14. The Rose and the Dung Beetle: Theodore Laskaris on ‘Friendship’ and ‘Envy’
15. Homo Byzantinus: Keeping Women in their Place
16. Same-Gender Friendships and Enmity in the Life of Eupraxia
17. Basil the Younger Comes to Stay: Eunuchs and Other Male Friends in Constantinopolitan Households
18. Women Remembering Women? The ‘Miracle in Latomos’ Motif in Medieval Macedonia
Part III: Text and Physical Context
19. Reading Aesop in Cappadocia
Robert Ousterhout with assistance from Anna Sitz
20. Reading an Icon of the Black Mohammed: Georgios Klontzas on Islam
21. The Monastery of Christ the Saviour in Sourmaina and the Hagiographical Dossier of St Eugenios
22. The Transmission of Monumental Art: Travelling Saints and Monastic Networks
23. Exploring Thessaloniki – a Mismatch of Art History and Urban History
24. The Impact of Choir and Organ on Synagogue Architecture. Preliminary Thoughts on the Role of Musical Performance in Balkan Sephardic Communities
Liz James is Professor of Art History at the University of Sussex, UK.
Oliver Nicholson taught Late Antiquity at the University of Minnesota, USA.
Roger Scott taught Classics at the University of Melbourne, Australia.