The Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Studies

Hardcover | November 16, 2008

EditorElizabeth JeffreysbyJohn Haldon, Robin Cormack

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The Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Studies presents discussions by leading experts on all significant aspects of this diverse and fast-growing field. Byzantine Studies deals with the history and culture of the Byzantine Empire, the eastern half of the Late Roman Empire, from the fourth to thefourteenth century. Its centre was the city formerly known as Byzantium, refounded as Constantinople in 324 CE, the present-day Istanbul. Under its emperors, patriarchs, and all-pervasive bureaucracy Byzantium developed a distinctive society: Greek in language, Roman in legal system, and Christianin religion. Byzantium's impact in the European Middle Ages is hard to over-estimate, as a bulwark against invaders, as a meeting-point for trade from Asia and the Mediterranean, as a guardian of the classical literary and artistic heritage, and as a creator of its own magnificent artistic style.

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The Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Studies presents discussions by leading experts on all significant aspects of this diverse and fast-growing field. Byzantine Studies deals with the history and culture of the Byzantine Empire, the eastern half of the Late Roman Empire, from the fourth to thefourteenth century. Its centre was the city fo...

Elizabeth Jeffreys is Emeritus Bywater and Sotheby Professor of Byzantine and Modern Greek Language and Literature, Oxford University, and Emeritus Fellow of Exeter College. John Haldon is Professor of Byzantine History, Princeton University. Robin Cormack is Professor Emeritus, History of Art, Courtauld Institute of Art, University o...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:720 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 2.36 inPublished:November 16, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

I. The Discipline1. Elizabeth Jeffreys, Robin Cormack and John Haldon: Byzantine Studies as an academic discipline2. Instrumenta: tools for the study of the disciplineJohn Haldon: Primary sourcesAnthony Bryer: Chronology and datingChris Entwistle: Weights and measuresJames Crow: ArchaeologyLeslie Brubaker: Critical approaches to art historyKathleen Corrigan: IconographyPanagiotis Agapitos: Literary criticismMichael Jeffreys: Textual criticismErich Trapp: Lexicography and electronic textual resourcesHickey Todd: Palaeography, codicology, diplomaticAndreas Muller: Documents: imperial chrysobullsRosemary Morris: Documents: AthosSally McKee: Documents: Venetian CreteCyril Mango: EpigraphyJohn Nesbitt: SigillographyEurydike Georganteli: NumismaticsDion Smythe: ProsopographyPeter Kunniholm: DendrochronologyJonathan Bardill: BrickstampsCecily Hennessy: Topography of ConstantinopleII. The Physical World: Landscape, Land Use and the Environment1. The political geography of the Byzantine worldMark Whittow: Geographical surveyGeoffrey Greatrex, John Haldon, Catherine Holmes and Angeliki Laiou: Political-historical survey2. Klaus Belke: Communications (roads, bridges, etc.)3. Dionysios Stathakopoulos: Population, demography and disease4. SettlementHelen Saradi: Towns and citiesAlan Harvey: Villages5. Buildings and their decorationJonathan Bardill: Building materialsRobert Ousterhout: Churches and monasteriesCharalambos Bakirtzis: Secular and military buildingsRobin Cormack: Wallpaintings and mosaics6. Production, manufacture and technologyMichael Decker: Agriculture and agricultural technologyMaria Parani: Fabrics and clothingDavid Jacoby: Silk productionPamela Armstrong: CeramicsMarlia Mango: Metal workAntony Cutler: Ivory, steatite, enamel, and glassJohn Lowden: Book productionJohn Haldon: Military technology and warfareJohn Pryor: Shipping and seafaringMichael Decker: Everyday technologiesIII. Institutions and Relationships1. HierarchiesJeffrey Featherstone: Emperor and courtJean-Claude Cheynet: Bureaucracy and aristocraciesMary Cunningham: Clergy, monks, and laity2. The StateJohn Haldon: Structures and administrationJohn Haldon: ArmyWolfram Brandes and John Haldon: Revenues and expenditure3. The ChurchMichael Angold and Michael Whitby: Structures and administrationClarence Gallagher: CouncilsClarence Gallagher: The Two ChurchesRobert Taft: LiturgyJohn McGuckin: Monasticism and monasteriesTimothy Miller: Charitable institutions4. Alan Harvey: The economy5. SocietyLiz James: Role of womenRuth Macrides: Families and kinshipGunther Prinzing: Patronage and retinuesAnthony Bryer: Food, wine, and feastingCharlotte Roueche: Entertainment, theatre and hippodromePeregrine Hordern: Hospitals and hygiene6. Bernard Stolte: Justice: legal literature7. The spiritual worldAndrew Louth: Byzantine theologyDominic O'Meara and Katerina Hieradiakonou: Philosophies8. The symbolic worldHenry Maguire: Art and textNancy Sevcenko: Art and liturgyJas Elsner: Art and pilgrimageRobin Cormack: Art and iconoclasmMaria Vassilaki: IconsAntony Eastmond: Art and the periphery9. Language, education and literacyGeoffrey Horrocks: LanguageAthanasios Markopoulos: EducationMichael Jeffreys: LiteracyAnne Tihon: Numeracy and scienceNigel Wilson: Libraries10. LiteratureElizabeth Jeffreys: RhetoricMichael Whitby and Michael Angold: HistoriographyAndrew Louth: TheologyAlice-Mary Talbot: HagiographyMary Cunningham: HomiliesMargaret Mullett: EpistolographyWolfram Horander: Poetry and romancesEric McGeer: Military texts11. Alexander Lingas: MusicIV. The World around Byzantium1. James Howard-Johnston: Byzantium and its neighbours2. Cyril Mango: Byzantium's role in world historyLists of rulers, patriarchs, and popes