The theme of the 2006 International Congress of Byzantine Studies was display. This is explored under eight headings which highlight different aspects of the theme and different disciplines within Byzantine Studies: Empire, Works and Days, Infrastructures, Words, Texts, Orthodoxy, Byzantium as Display, and The Future of the Past. In the process many of the possible responses to Byzantium are examined, the most direct response being to ask whether there was a real Byzantium or only an imaginary modern construct. But the aim is to make this simple dichotomy more complex, and assess first what strategies the people of Byzantium used to express their thoughts, ideals, fears and beliefs, and then how these have been interpreted through various modern discourses. The first volume presents the texts of the 28 plenary papers delivered at the Congress; the second and third contain the abstracts of the approximately 700 papers written for the 64 separate panels and the sessions of communications.
Contents: Preface; Byzantine Studies and the present day, Judith Herrin. I Empire: Byzantium's overlapping circles, Jonathan Shepard. II Works and Days: Action in the trenches: a call for a more dynamic archaeology of early Byzantium, Marlia Mango; Les funérailles du ktitor - aspect archéologique, Marko Popovic; Paesaggio urbano e strutture economiche a Roma nell'alto medioevo: il contributo delle indagini archeologiche, Riccardo Santageli Valenzani. III Infrastructures: Introduction, Michael Jeffreys; Le corpus de la peinture monumentale Byzantine: bilan et perspectives, Panayotis L.Vocotopoulos; Epistularum Neograecarum Initia, Andreas Rhoby and Michael GrÃ¼nbart; New developments in papyrology, Constantin Zuckerman; New researches on Justinian, Hartmut Leppin; New developments in hagiography: the rediscovery of Byzantine hagiography, Stephanos Efthymiadis; Byzantinische Diplomatik: (dead or alive?), Alexander Beihammer; Lexicography, Sonja SchÃ¶nauer; Syrian sources and resources for Byzantinists, Sebastian Brock; New developments in law history, Bernhard Stolte. IV Words: Romanos the Melodist and the Christian self in early Byzantium, Derek Krueger; Written display in the late Antique and Byzantine city, Charlotte Roueché. V Texts: Roman antiquarianism: aspects of the Roman past in the middle Byzantine period (9th-11th cent.), Athanasios Markopoulos; Zum Edieren von Texten: Ã¼ber Zitate, Dieter Reinsch. VI Orthodoxy: Orthodoxie, hiérarchie, souveraineté: la crise de l'après-1204, Evelyne Patlagean; Orthodoxy on sale: the last Byzantine and the lost Crusade, Silvia Ronchey. VII Byzantium as Display: Libri in scena, Guglielmo Cavallo; L'image et la parole: Ã propos de la visualisation du dogme, Axinia Dzurova; The empress and the virgin on display in 6th-century art, Henry Maguire. Index.