The Letters of Psellos: Cultural Networks and Historical Realities by Michael JeffreysThe Letters of Psellos: Cultural Networks and Historical Realities by Michael Jeffreys

The Letters of Psellos: Cultural Networks and Historical Realities

EditorMichael Jeffreys, Marc D. Lauxtermann

Hardcover | January 7, 2017

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The Letters of Psellos is the first detailed study of the correspondence of Michael Psellos, a leading Byzantine intellectual, politician, and writer of the eleventh century. Psellos' corpus of over 500 letters represents a historical source of great significance for the study of society andculture of the time: literary masterpieces in and of themselves, yet often complex and difficult to understand in their entirety, they not only rebound with subtlety and humour, but also offer invaluable information on myriad subjects ranging from the political culture of Byzantium and its civiladministration to social codes, religious beliefs, and popular culture. This volume consists of two complementary parts designed to make Psellos' letters as widely accessible as possible, both to the specialist academic community and to a wider non-specialist audience. The first part contains five essays offering detailed historical and literary analyses of aconsiderable number of the letters across a range of different topics, including the financial management of monasteries, the friendship of Psellos and John Mauropous, and the challenges posed by Psellian irony. While the essays are supplemented by individual appendices containing the translatedtext of the pertinent letters, the second part of the book presents annotated summaries in English of the entirety of Psellos' correspondence, compiled over many years as part of the Prosopography of the Byzantine World project and supported by substantial excursuses and notes. The result is anengaging and accessible shortcut into these bewildering and fascinating letters and an essential resource for the study of eleventh-century Byzantine society and culture through the pen of one of its pre-eminent figures.
Michael Jeffreys read Classics at Cambridge before embarking upon a decade of high-school teaching, during which time he earned his doctorate from Birkbeck College, London, on the relation of written early modern Greek poetry to oral verse in its background. After scholarships in the USA and Greece he became lecturer and finally profes...
Title:The Letters of Psellos: Cultural Networks and Historical RealitiesFormat:HardcoverDimensions:480 pagesPublished:January 7, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Part I: Studies in the Correspondence of Michael Psellos1. Introduction2. Educational networks in the letters of Michael Psellos3. Michael Psellos and the monastery4. Constantine, nephew of the patriarch Keroularios, and his good friend Michael Psellos5. The intertwined lives of Michael Psellos and John Mauropous6. Venomous praise: Some remarks on Michael Psellos' letters to Leon ParaspondylosPart II: Summaries of the Letters of Michael Psellos, by Michael JeffreysIntroductionManuscript SiglaSummariesExcursuses 1-17: Dating the LettersEndmatterBibliographyIndex