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Liturgy in Byzantium and Beyond

1st Edition

By Robert F. Taft


360 pages

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Liturgical ritual was a major element of the Christian cultures of Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages. This was especially true of Byzantium, where court and church ritual, often intertwined, achieved a splendour unparalleled by any other aspect of civic or religious life. In this volume Robert Taft has brought together a series of studies on the formation and development of these rites and on the meaning they had for contemporaries. Particular articles look at the role of Jerusalem, Constantinople, then Mt Athos, in this process, and at the liturgy of St John Chrysostom. Also included are two important studies focusing on the role of the bema in the Syriac Church.


'Taft’s contribution to our knowledge of the development of the Eastern liturgical traditions, and particularly the Byzantine rite, has made him one of the leading scholars in this field. Some of his most seminal papers are collected together here.' Journal of Theological Studies

Table of Contents

Contents: Sigla; The liturgy of the Great Church: an initial synthesis of structure and interpretation on the eve of Iconoclasm; The pontifical liturgy of the Great Church according to a 12th-century diataxis in codex; The authenticity of the Chrysostom Anaphora Revisited. Determing the authorship of liturgical texts by computer; Mount Athos: a late chapter in the history of the Byzantine Rite; In the bridegroom's absence. The Paschal Triduum in the Byzantine Church; A tale of two cities. The Byzantine Holy Week Triduum as a paradigm of liturgical history; Some notes on the bema in the East and West Syrian traditions; On the use of the bema in the East-Syrian liturgy; The interpolation of the Sanctus into the anaphora: when and where? A review of the dossier; Additional notes and comments; General index; Index of manuscripts.

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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HISTORY / General