Aspects of the Mind of Byzantium: Political Theory, Theology, and Ecclesiastical Relations with the See of Rome, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Aspects of the Mind of Byzantium

Political Theory, Theology, and Ecclesiastical Relations with the See of Rome, 1st Edition

By Milton V. Anastos, Speros Vryonis, Nicholas Goodhue


368 pages

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This volume of studies by the late Milton Anastos contains his major articles published after his previous collection appeared, along with the first publication of a portion of ’The Mind of Byzantium’, Anastos’s projected multi-volume survey of Byzantine intellectual history. These essays deal with the theoretical foundations of Byzantine imperial autocracy, with the formulation of Byzantine theology, and with the often contentious relations between the Churches of Constantinople and Rome. The Byzantine concept of imperial absolutism is shown to have been derived from ancient Greek philosophy and to have persisted unchanged throughout Byzantine history. Other articles focus on the theology of Basil of Caesarea, which is found to be inconsistent with orthodox doctrine in important respects. Last, the relations between the Roman Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church in the Byzantine period are surveyed, with emphasis on the theological and ecclesiological controversies that divided them.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction, Speros Vryonis, Jr.; Byzantine political theory: its classical precedents and legal embodiment; Basil's Kata Eunomiou: a critical analysis; CI. 1.14.4 and the emperors' exemption from the laws; The Emperor Justin I's role in the restoration of Chalcedonian doctrine, 518-519; Basil's lapses into Arianism and how Athanasius had avoided them; The papal legates at the Council of 861 and their compliance with the wishes of the Emperor Michael III; The coronation of Emperor Michael IV in 1034 by Empress Zoe and its significance; Constantinople and Rome: a survey of the relations between the Byzantine and the Roman Churches; Index.

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Variorum Collected Studies

The first title in the Variorum Collected Studies series was published in 1970. Since then well over 1000 titles have appeared in the series, and it has established a well-earned international reputation for the publication of key research across a whole range of subjects within the fields of history.

The history of the medieval world remains central to the series, with Byzantine studies a particular speciality, but the range of titles extends from Hellenistic philosophy and the history of the Roman empire and early Christianity, through the Renaissance and Reformation, up to the 20th century. Islamic Studies forms another major strand as do the histories of science, technology and medicine.

Each title in the Variorum Collected Studies series brings together for the first time a selection of articles by a leading authority on a particular subject. These studies are reprinted from a vast range of learned journals, Festschrifts and conference proceedings. They make available research that is scattered, even inaccessible in all but the largest and most specialized libraries. With a new introduction and index, and often with new notes and previously unpublished material, they constitute an essential resource. 

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HISTORY / General