Michael Psellos On Literature And Art: A Byzantine Perspective On Aesthetics by Michael PsellosMichael Psellos On Literature And Art: A Byzantine Perspective On Aesthetics by Michael Psellos

Michael Psellos On Literature And Art: A Byzantine Perspective On Aesthetics

byMichael PsellosEditorCharles Barber, Stratis Papaioannou

Hardcover | April 30, 2017

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Michael Psellos has long been known as a key figure in the history of Byzantine literary and intellectual culture, but his theoretical and critical reflections on literature and art are little known outside of a small circle of specialists. Most famous for his Chronographia, a history of eleventh-century Byzantine emperors and their reigns, Psellos also excelled in describing as well as prescribing practices and rules for literary discourse and visual culture. The ambition of Michael Psellos on Literature and Art is to illustrate an important chapter in the history of Greek literary and art criticism and introduce precisely this aspect of Psellian writing to a wider public. The editors of this volume present thirty Psellian texts, all of which have been translated—some in part, most in their entirety—into English.  In the majority of cases, the works are translated for the first time in any modern language, and several are discussed at length here for the first time. They are grouped into two separate sections, which roughly translate to two areas of theoretical reflection associated with the modern terms “literature” and “art.” As such, these texts display Byzantine views, attitudes, and ultimately tastes regarding what is thought to be beautiful as well as moral, and appealing as well as mentally and psychologically effective, in texts and artistic objects.

Contributors: Christine Angelidi, Christopher M. Geadrities, Elizabeth A. Fisher, David Jenkins, Anthony Kaldellis, Demetrios Kritsotakis, Antony Littlewood, and Jeffrey Walker.

Charles Barber is professor of art and archaeology at Princeton University.

Stratis Papaioannou is associate professor of classics and director of the Program of Medieval Studies at Brown University.

 
Charles Barber is professor of art and archaeology at Princeton University. Stratis Papaioannou is associate professor of classics and director of the Program of Medieval Studies at Brown University.  
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Title:Michael Psellos On Literature And Art: A Byzantine Perspective On AestheticsFormat:HardcoverDimensions:430 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.3 inPublished:April 30, 2017Publisher:University of Notre Dame PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0268100489

ISBN - 13:9780268100483

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"Michael Psellos has been a neglected gem—until now. This authoritative selection of Psellos’ rhetorical and aesthetic writings, with its expert introductory essays and detailed annotations, will make him widely available and accessible at last. Thanks to the splendid efforts of this team of leading Byzantinists, Psellos will find his rightful place on the syllabus and in the classroom, and he will soon become a household name among students of Classics and of later periods. Michael Psellos on Literature and Art augurs a new era in the study of antiquity’s cultural heritage at the boundaries of art, religion, and philosophy." —James I. Porter, Chancellor’s Professor of Rhetoric and Classics, University of California, Berkeley