Hagiography in Byzantium: Literature, Social History and Cult: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Hagiography in Byzantium: Literature, Social History and Cult

1st Edition

By Stephanos Efthymiadis


374 pages

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Involving a vast number of texts, saintly heroes and authors, Byzantine hagiography stands out as a field of scholarly research highly rewarding for both the philologist and the historian. The studies reproduced in this volume cover a chronological range from late antiquity to the Paleologan era. They bring together annotated editions of specific texts and discussions of their contexts, complemented by comprehensive surveys of saintly and monastic cult. Having appeared over the last twenty years, they also illustrate and reflect upon the significant development and re-orientation which has marked the study of hagiography in recent decades.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; New developments in hagiography: the rediscovery of Byzantine hagiography; Part A Late Antiquity: Living in a city and living in a scetis: the dream of Eustathios the Banker (BHG Nov. Auct. 1317d); A day and ten months in the life of a lonely bachelor: the other Byzantium in Miracula S. Artemii 18 and 22; De debito bis soluto: an edifying story on the administered oath (BHG Novum Auctarium 1317n); Two Gregories and three genres: autobiography, autohagiography and hagiography. Part B The Age of Iconoclasm and Post-Iconoclasm: John of Sardis and the metaphrasis of the Passio of St. Nikephoros the Martyr (BHG 1334); Le panégyrique de S. Théophane le Confesseur par S. Théodore Stoudite (BHG 1792b). édition critique du texte intégral; The Byzantine hagiographer and his audience in the 9th and 10th centuries; Hagiographica varia (9th-10th c.); The function of the Holy Man in Asia Minor in the Middle Byzantine period; Establishing a holy lineage: Theodore the Stoudite's funerary catechism for his mother; Le miracle et les saints durant et après le second iconoclasme; Medieval Thessalonike and the Miracles of its saints: big and small demands made on exclusive rights (9th-12th centuries); D'Orient en Occident mais étranger aux deux mondes: messages et renseignements tirés de la Vie de Saint Nicolas le Pèlerin (BHL 6223); Le monastère de la Source à Constantinople et ses deux recueils de miracles: entre hagiographie et patriographie. Part C Late Byzantium: Late Byzantine collections of miracles and their implications; Addenda et corrigenda; Indexes.

About the Author

Stephanos Efthymiadis is a professor at the Open University of Cyprus

About the Series

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. 

For further information about contributing to the series please contact Michael Greenwood at Michael.Greenwood@informa.com

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RELIGION / History