History and Literature of Byzantium in the 9th–10th Centuries: 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

History and Literature of Byzantium in the 9th–10th Centuries

1st Edition

By Athanasios Markopoulos


372 pages

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The studies reprinted here deal with the Byzantine empire between the 9th and 11th centuries, with a focus on the period of the Macedonian dynasty, and include four translated into English for this volume. They reflect both historical and prosopographical concerns, but Professor Markopoulos's principle interest is in the analysis of literary works and texts. This he combines with the examination of the ideological context of the period, as shaped in the reigns of Basil I and Constantine VII Porphyrogennetos, and the investigation of gender issues and other approaches. The close analysis of the texts shows how, after the close of Iconoclasm, new styles of writing and new attitudes towards the writing of history emerged, for instance in the use of mythological themes, which exemplify the changing intellectual concerns of the time.

Table of Contents

Contents: Introduction; Encore les Rôs-Dromitai et le pseudo-Syméon; La vie de Saint Georges d'Amastris et Photius; Le témoignage du Vaticanus gr. 163 pour la période entre 945-963; Joseph Bringas: prosopographical problems and ideological trends; Bios tes autokrateiras Theodoras (BHG 1731); Sur les deux versions de la chronographie de Syméon Logothète; Symbole ste chronologese tou Georgiou Monachou; Théodore Daphnopatès et la continuation de Théophane; Kedrenos, pseudo-Symeon, and the last oracle at Delphi; Contribution à l'épistolographie de Xe siècle: les lettres de Bardas le moine; Quelques remarques sur la famille des Génésioi aux IXe-Xe siècles; New evidence on the date of Photios' Bibliotheca; Zu den Biographien des Nikephoros Phokas; An anonymous laudatory poem in honor of Basil I; Constantine the Great in Macedonian historiography: models and approaches; Aposemeioseis ston Leonta ST' ton Sopho; Ãœberlegungen zu Leben und Werk des Alexandros von Nikaia; Epigramma pros timen tou Leontos ST' ton Sophou; The Emperor Basil I and Hippolytus: legend and history; The rehabilitation of the Emperor Theophilos; Autour des Chapitres parénétiques de Basile Ier; La Chronique de l'an 811 et le Scriptor incertus de Leone Armenio: problèmes des relations entre l'hagiographie et l'histoire; Gender issues in Leo the Deacon; Index.

About the Author

Athanasios Markopoulos is Professor in the Department of Byzantine Literature at the University of Athens, Greece.

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. 

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General