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The Byzantine World

Edited by: Paul Stephenson

Print publication date:  February  2010
Online publication date:  December  2010

Print ISBN: 9780415440103
eBook ISBN: 9780203817254
Adobe ISBN: 9781136727870

10.4324/9780203817254
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Book description

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

Prelims Download PDF
Chapter  1:  The Byzantine Political Process at Crisis Point Download PDF
Chapter  2:  The Rise of the Middle Byzantine Aristocracy and the Decline of the Imperial State  Download PDF
Chapter  3:  Money, Coins and the Economy Download PDF
Chapter  4:  The Army and Military Logistics Download PDF
Chapter  5:  The Study of Women and Children  Download PDF
Chapter  6:  Strong Women and their Husbands in Byzantine Historiography Download PDF
Chapter  7:  Cherchez L’homme! Byzantine Men Download PDF
Chapter  8:  On Slaves and Slavery  Download PDF
Chapter  9:  Monotheists, Dualists and Pagans Download PDF
Chapter  10:  The Virtues and Faults of the Latin Christians Download PDF
Chapter  11:  Political Literacy Download PDF
Chapter  12:  Byzantine Military Manuals Download PDF
Chapter  13:  De Cerimoniis and the Great Palace  Download PDF
Chapter  14:  Rhetoric and Performance Download PDF
Chapter  15:  Letter-Writing Download PDF
Chapter  16:  Trends and Developments in the Byzantine Poetic Tradition Download PDF
Chapter  17:  The Corpus of Byzantine Historiography Download PDF
Chapter  18:  Christians, Jews and Muslims in Byzantine Italy Download PDF
Chapter  19:  Christians, Jews and Muslims in Byzantine Italy Download PDF
Chapter  20:  Writing for the Heart Download PDF
Chapter  21:  What is a Byzantine Icon? Constantinople Versus Sinai Download PDF
Chapter  22:  Defining Liturgical Space Download PDF
Chapter  23:  Celestial Hierarchies and Earthly Hierarchies in the Art of the Byzantine Church Download PDF
Chapter  24:  Unofficial Art and the Resistance to Orthodoxy Download PDF
Chapter  25:  Constantinople and the Construction of a Medieval Urban Identity Download PDF
Chapter  26:  The Practice, Perception and Experience of Byzantine Fortification  Download PDF
Chapter  27:  Imperial Outliers Download PDF
Chapter  28:  The Medieval Progeny of The Holy Apostles Download PDF
Chapter  29:  Sacred Space from Constantinople to Venice Download PDF
Chapter  30:  The History of Editing Byzantine Historiographical Texts Download PDF
Chapter  31:  Byzantium in Nineteenth-Century Greek Historiography Download PDF
Chapter  32:  Pioneers of Popular Byzantine History Download PDF
Chapter  33:  A Case Study in the Emergence of Byzantine Studies Download PDF
Chapter  34:  Byzantium and Historical Sociology Download PDF
Chapter  35:  Byzantium’s European Future  Download PDF
References Download PDF
Index Download PDF
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