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Inscribing Texts in Byzantium

Continuities and Transformations, 1st Edition

Edited by Marc Lauxtermann, Ida Toth


432 pages

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In spite of the striking abundance of extant primary material, Byzantine epigraphy remains uncharted territory. The volume of the Proceedings of the 49th SPBS Spring Symposium aims to promote the field of Byzantine epigraphy as a whole, and topics and subjects covered include: Byzantine attitudes towards the inscribed word, the questions of continuity and transformation, the context and function of epigraphic evidence, the levels of formality and authority, the material aspect of writing, and the verbal, visual and symbolic meaning of inscribed texts. The collection is intended as a valuable scholarly resource presenting and examining a substantial quantity of diverse epigraphic material, and outlining the chronological development of epigraphic habits, and of individual epigraphic genres in Byzantium. The contributors also discuss the methodological questions of collecting, presenting and interpreting the most representative Byzantine inscriptional material, and addressing epigraphic material to make it relevant to a wider scholarly community.

Table of Contents

Opening Address, Cyril Mango

Part I. After Late Antiquity: Traditions and Transitions

1 The process of ‘Byzantinization’ in Late Antique epigraphy, Sylvain Destephen

2 Village churches and donors at the end of Antiquity, Ine Jacobs

3 Reading, viewing and inscribing faith: Christian epigraphy in the early Umayyad Levant, Sean Leatherbury

4 The epigraphy of the Abgar Story: Traditions and transitions, Ida Toth

Part II. Legibility and Readability

5 Inscriptions and the Byzantine beholder: The perception of script, Andreas Rhoby

6 Non-exposed funerary inscriptions and the cult of the cross between Italy and Byzantium, 6th–9th c., Antonio Felle

Part III. Church and State

7 The house of inscriptions: The epigraphic world of the middle Byzantine church, Georgios Pallis

8 State, strategy, and ideology in monumental imperial inscriptions, Nicholas Melvani

9 Inscriptions of church and state officials on Byzantine lead seals, Alexandra Wassiliou-Seibt

Part IV. Formal and Informal Inscriptions in Athens

10 The (in)formality of the inscribed word at the Parthenon: Legibility, script, content, Maria Xenaki

11 Byzantine funerary inscriptions on the Hephaisteion (Church of St George) in the Athenian Agora, Anne McCabe

Part V. Objects, Texts and Images

12 Towards a typology for the placement of names on works of art, Brad Hostetler

13 Word of image: Textual frames of early Byzantine icons, Maria Lidova

14 Short texts on small objects: The poetics of the Byzantine enkolpion, Ivan Drpić

Part VI. Case Studies

15 A Byzantine verse inscription from Konya, Marc Lauxtermann and Peter Thonemann

16 The church of Sts Theodoroi (formerly St Kournatos) in Myrtia, Laconia, and its inscriptions, Christos Stavrakos

17 A Lombard epigram in Greek, Marc Lauxtermann

About the Editors

Marc D. Lauxtermann, Stavros Niarchos Foundation – Bywater and Sotheby Professor of Byzantine and Modern Greek Language and Literature, Exeter College, University of Oxford

Ida Toth, University Research Lecturer and Fellow, Wolfson College, University of Oxford

About the Series

Publications of the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies

This series publishes a selection of papers delivered at the annual British Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies, now held under the auspices of the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies. These meetings began fifty years ago in the University of Birmingham and have built an international reputation. Themes cover all aspects of Byzantine history and culture, with papers presented by chosen experts. Selected papers from the symposia have been published regularly since 1992 in a series of titles which have themselves become established as major contributions to the study of the Byzantine world.

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General