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The Byzantine World





ISBN 9780415527422
Published February 27, 2012 by Routledge
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The Byzantine World presents the latest insights of the leading scholars in the fields of Byzantine studies, history, art and architectural history, literature, and theology. Those who know little of Byzantine history, culture and civilization between AD 700 and 1453 will find overviews and distillations, while those who know much already will be afforded countless new vistas.

Each chapter offers an innovative approach to a well-known topic or a diversion from a well-trodden path. Readers will be introduced to Byzantine women and children, men and eunuchs, emperors, patriarchs, aristocrats and slaves. They will explore churches and fortifications, monasteries and palaces, from Constantinople to Cyprus and Syria in the east, and to Apulia and Venice in the west. Secular and sacred art, profane and spiritual literature will be revealed to the reader, who will be encouraged to read, see, smell and touch. The worlds of Byzantine ceremonial and sanctity, liturgy and letters, Orthodoxy and heresy will be explored, by both leading and innovative international scholars.

Ultimately, readers will find insights into the emergence of modern Byzantine studies and of popular Byzantine history that are informative, novel and unexpected, and that provide a thorough understanding of both.

Table of Contents

Part 1: The Byzantines and their World 1. Michael Angold, The Byzantine Political Process at Crisis Point  2. Paul Stephenson, The Rise of the Middle Byzantine Aristocracy and the Decline of the Imperial State  3. Cécile Morrisson, Money, Coins and the Economy  4. John Haldon, The Army and Military Logistics  5. Anthony Kaldellis, The Study of Women and Children: Methodological Challenges and New Directions  6. Leonora Neville, Strong Women and their Husbands in Byzantine Historiography  7. Shaun Tougher, Cherchez l’homme! Byzantine Men: A Eunuch Perspective  8. Günter Prinzing, Slaves and Slavery  9. Christopher Livanos, Monotheists, Dualists and Pagans  10. Tia Kolbaba, The Virtues and Faults of the Latin Christians  Part 2: The Written World  11. Catherine Holmes, Political Literacy  12. Denis Sullivan, Byzantine Military Manuals: Prescriptions, Practice, and Pedagogy  13 J.M. Featherstone, De Cerimoniis and the Great Palace  14. Emmanuel Bourbouhakis, Rhetoric and Performance  15. Stratis Papaioannou, Letter-writing  16. Christopher Livanos, Trends and Developments in the Byzantine Poetic Tradition  17. Anthony Kaldellis, The Corps of Byzantine Historiography: An Interpretative Essay  18. Youval Rotman, Christians, Jews, and Muslims in Byzantine Italy: Medieval Conflicts in Local Perspective  19. Alice-Mary Talbot, The Miracles of Gregory Palamas by Philotheos Kokkinos  20. Joseph Munitiz, Writing for the Heart: the Spiritual Literature of Byzantium  Part 3: Heaven and Earth: Byzantine Art and Architecture  21. Bissera Pentcheva, What is a Byzantine icon? Constantinople versus Sinai  22. Vasileios Marinis, Defining Liturgical Space  23. Warren T. Woodfin, Celestial Hierarchies and Earthly Hierarchies in the Art of the Byzantine Church   24. Henry Maguire, Unofficial Art and the Resistance to Orthodoxy  25. Robert Ousterhout, Constantinople and the Construction of Medieval urban Identity  26. Nikolas Bakirtzis, The Practice, Perception and Experience of Byzantine Fortification  27. Jonathan Shepard, Imperial Outliers: Building and Decorative Works in the Borderlands and Beyond  28. Tassos Papacostas, The Medieval Progeny of the Holy Apostles: Trails of Architectural Imitation across the Mediterranean  29. Thomas Dale, Sacred Space from Constantinople to Venice  Part 4: The World of Byzantine Studies  30. D. Roderich Reinsch, The History of Editing Byzantine Historiographical Texts   31. Despina Christodoulou, Byzantium in Nineteenth-century Greek Historiography  32. Paul Stephenson, Pioneers of Popular Byzantine history: Freeman, Gregorovius, Schlumberger  33. Srđan Pirivatrić, A Case Study in the Emergence of Byzantine Studies: Serbia in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries  34. Johann P. Arnason, Byzantium and Historical Sociology  35. Paul Stephenson, Byzantium's European Future

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