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Society, Culture and Politics in Byzantium

1st Edition

By Nicolas Oikonomides, Elizabeth Zachariadou


370 pages

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Society, Culture and Politics in Byzantium is the fourth selection of papers by the late Nicolas Oikonomides to be published in the Variorum Collected Studies Series. Its focus is upon the Byzantine world after the Fourth Crusade and during the Palaeologan period, though several studies deal with a longer time span. The twenty-eight articles included look first at questions of language and literacy, and then at the relationships between art and politics. The final sections examine aspects of the history of the later empire, in the age of its decline, caught between the economic penetration of the Western European states and the expansion of the Ottoman Turks, and consider the development of Byzantine institutions, monasteries and the Church in this period.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface, Paul Magdalino. Language and Literacy: L' 'unilinguisme' officiel de Constantinople byzantine (VIIe-XIIe s.); Matzoukina - Matzoukatos in Ptochoprodromos; Mount Athos: levels of literacy; Literacy in 13th-century Byzantium: an example from western Asia Minor; Byzance: à propos d'alphabétisation; E engrammatosyne ton Kretikon gyro sto 1200. Art and Politics: Some remarks on the apse mosaic of St Sophia; E stole tou eparkhou ki o Skylitzes tes Madrites; La couronne dite de Constantin Monomaque; E autokrateira Agia Sophia; The significance of some imperial monumental portraits of the 10th and 11th centuries; Pictorial propaganda in 12th-century Constantinople; The holy icon as an asset; An imperial Byzantine casket and its fate at a humanist's hands. Byzantium After 1204: La rinascita delle istituzioni bizantine dopo il 1204; A propos des armées des premiers Paléologues et des compagnies de soldats; Byzantium between East and West (13th-15th centuries); The Byzantine overlord of Genoese possessions in Romania; The Turks in Europe (1305-13) and the Serbs in Asia Minor (1313); From soldiers of fortune to gazi warriors: the Tzympe affair; Pour une typologie des villes 'séparées' sous les Paléologues; Andronic II Paléologue et la ville de Kroia; Byzantine diplomacy, A.D. 1204-1453: means and ends. Athos and the Church: To meridio ton monasterion sten agora tes tourkokratoumenes Thessalonikes (1400); Patronage in Palaiologan Mt Athos; Le temps des Faux; Agrotiko perisseuma kai o rolos tou kratous gyro sto 1300; Réflexions sur le monocondyle épiscopal du 16e s.. Index.

About the Authors

Nicolas Oikonomides was formerly Professor in the Department of History at the University of Athens, Greece. Elizabeth Zachariadou is Professor at the University of Crete, 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