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Church Law and Church Order in Rome and Byzantium: A Comparative Study

Church Law and Church Order in Rome and Byzantium: A Comparative Study

1st Edition

Clarence Gallagher
May 23, 2019

This book presents a comparative study of church order in the East and West of the Christian world. It deals with the development of canon law from the 6th century, the time of Dionysius Exiguus and John Scholastikos, up to the period of Balsamon and Gratian. While the focus is upon Rome and...

The Cult of St Anna in Byzantium

The Cult of St Anna in Byzantium

1st Edition

Eirini Panou
May 10, 2018

The Cult of St Anna in Byzantium is the first undertaking in Byzantine research to study the phenomenon of St Anna’s cult from the sixth to the fifteenth centuries. It was prompted by the need to enrich our knowledge of a female saint who had already been studied in the West but remained virtually...

Writing About Byzantium: The History of Niketas Choniates

Writing About Byzantium: The History of Niketas Choniates

1st Edition

Theresa Urbainczyk
October 31, 2017

Niketas Choniates was in Constantinople when it was burnt and looted by the soldiers of the Fourth Crusade and he wrote a history which has always been the mainstay for anyone wishing to learn about the Comnene dynasty and the Byzantine Empire of the twelfth century. Yet it is a very difficult and...

A Tenth-Century Byzantine Military Manual: The Sylloge Tacticorum

A Tenth-Century Byzantine Military Manual: The Sylloge Tacticorum

1st Edition


June 23, 2017

The Sylloge Tacticorum is a mid-Byzantine example of the literary genre of military manuals or Taktika which stretches back to antiquity. It was one of a number produced during the tenth century CE, a period when the Byzantine empire enjoyed a large measure of success in its wars against its...

Cyprus between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (ca. 600–800): An Island in Transition

Cyprus between Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages (ca. 600–800): An Island in Transition

1st Edition

Luca Zavagno
May 22, 2017

Research on early medieval Cyprus has focused on the late antique "golden age" (late fourth/early fifth to seventh century) and the so-called Byzantine "Reconquista" (post-AD 965) while overlooking the intervening period. This phase was characterized, supposedly, by the division of the political...

Byzantium and the Emergence of Muslim-Turkish Anatolia, ca. 1040-1130

Byzantium and the Emergence of Muslim-Turkish Anatolia, ca. 1040-1130

1st Edition

Alexander Daniel Beihammer
February 27, 2017

The arrival of the Seljuk Turks in Anatolia forms an indispensable part of modern Turkish discourse on national identity, but Western scholars, by contrast, have rarely included the Anatolian Turks in their discussions about the formation of European nations or the transformation of the Near East....

The Cult of the Mother of God in Byzantium: Texts and Images

The Cult of the Mother of God in Byzantium: Texts and Images

1st Edition

Leslie Brubaker, Mary B. Cunningham
November 30, 2016

This volume, on the cult of the Theotokos (Virgin Mary) in Byzantium, focuses on textual and historical aspects of the subject, thus complementing previous work which has centred more on the cult of images of the Mother of God. The papers presented here, by an international team of scholars,...

Dreams and Lives in Ottoman Istanbul: A Seventeenth-Century Biographer's Perspective

Dreams and Lives in Ottoman Istanbul: A Seventeenth-Century Biographer's Perspective

1st Edition

Asli Niyazioglu
November 11, 2016

Dreams and Lives in Ottoman Istanbul explores biography writing and dream narratives in seventeenth-century Istanbul. It focuses on the prominent biographer ‘Aṭā’ī (d. 1637) and with his help shows how learned circles narrated dreams to assess their position in the Ottoman enterprise. This book...

La Vie d'Etienne le Jeune par Étienne le Diacre: Introduction, édition et Traduction

La Vie d'Etienne le Jeune par Étienne le Diacre: Introduction, édition et Traduction

1st Edition

Marie-France Auzépy
November 11, 2016

The Life of Stephen the Younger is one of the rare sources for Byzantium in the ’Dark Ages’ and one of the key witnesses to the history of Iconoclasm. This book presents a new edition of the text, together with a French translation and commentary, and an important introduction. Stephen was a hermit...

Theophylact of Ochrid: Reading the Letters of a Byzantine Archbishop

Theophylact of Ochrid: Reading the Letters of a Byzantine Archbishop

1st Edition

Margaret Mullett
November 11, 2016

Few works exist on Byzantine literature as literature and still fewer studies of individual texts. This reading of the letter-collection (c.1090-c.1110) of Theophylact of Ochrid employs a variety of approaches to characterise a work which is both a literary artefact in a long Greek tradition and...

The Life of the Patriarch Tarasios by Ignatios Deacon (BHG1698): Introduction, Edition, Translation and Commentary

The Life of the Patriarch Tarasios by Ignatios Deacon (BHG1698): Introduction, Edition, Translation and Commentary

1st Edition

Stephanos Efthymiadis
September 09, 2016

The patriarch Tarasios holds a key position in the ending of the first period of Iconoclasm in Byzantium, with the seventh Oecumenical Council at Nicaea in 787. His Life forms an equally key source for the history and culture of the Byzantine world in the eighth and ninth centuries. This book...

Imperial Lineages and Legacies in the Eastern Mediterranean: Recording the Imprint of Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Rule

Imperial Lineages and Legacies in the Eastern Mediterranean: Recording the Imprint of Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman Rule

1st Edition

Rhoads Murphey
July 20, 2016

The comparative study of empires has traditionally been addressed in the widest possible global historical perspective with comparison of New World empires such as the Aztecs and Incas side by side with the history of imperial Rome and the empires of China and Russia in the medieval and modern...

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