Relations between Byzantium and its neighbours are the focus of this volume. The papers address questions of cultural exchange, with special attention to art historical relations as shown by technical, iconographic and diplomatic exchanges. While addressed to specialists, both their approach and the language make these papers accessible to students at all levels.
Contents: Visual communities in Byzantium and medieval Islam; Silver across the Euphrates: forms of exchange between Sasanian Persia and the late Roman empire; Constantinople and CÃ³rdoba: cultural exchange and cultural differences in the 9th and 10th centuries; Ivory working in Umayyad CÃ³rdoba: techniques and implications; A Christian ewer with Islamic imagery and the question of Arab gastarbeiter in Byzantium; The image of the word in Byzantium and Islam: an essay in art historical geodesy; Gifts and gift exchange as aspects of the Byzantine, Arab, and related economies; Everywhere and nowhere: the invisible Muslim and Christian self-fashioning in the culture of Outremer; The emperor's old clothes; actual and virtual vesting and the transmission of power in Byzantium and Islam; The parallel universes of Arab and Byzantine art (with special reference to the Fatimid era); Tiles and tribulations: a community of clay across Byzantium and its adversaries; Imagination and documentation: eagle silks in Byzantium, the Latin West, and 'Abbasid Baghdad; Reuse or use? Theoretical and practical attitudes toward objects in the early Middle Ages; Addenda and corrigenda; Index.
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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