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"The social and cultural history of Byzantium seems at first sight unsuited to the kind of thick description at which Natalie Zemon Davis excels. Yet recent scholarship that aims... Read more
"The social and cultural history of Byzantium seems at first sight unsuited to the kind of thick description at which Natalie Zemon Davis excels. Yet recent scholarship that aims to locate Byzantine culture and society within new global and transnationalapproaches to history demands a more nuanced understanding. In these lectures she will explore the question of what kind of thick description can be provided. She will focus on the long twelfth century, a time of intense creativity as well as of rising tensions, and one for which literary approaches are currently a lively area in current scholarship. She will argue for their integration within a broader approach to Byzantine social and cultural history focusing on discourse, and drawing on the many kindsof dialogue texts (secular and religious) that were a key feature of Byzantine textual production"--From publisher's website.
Arguing it Out Paperback edition by Averil Cameron
Palaeography, both in the narrow sense of the history of handwriting and more broadly as book history and the study of documents and manuscripts as material objects, stands as the foundation of much of medieval studies. However, the palaeographical method has undergone a significant transformation in recent years, due on the one hand to the ever continuing desire for greater rigour, and on the...
Arguing that women's "silencing" is in part the result of women's voices being treated as the white noise of history, Medieval Gossips and the Art of Listening: Avid Ears explores the historical representation of female voices as actual acoustic phenomena. The volume focuses on English antifeminist satire during the linguistically dynamic late Middle Ages to argue that the resonant gossips' circle...
?Sozomena? means ?saved? in Greek. The series is dedicated to the recovery and presentation of texts that have only survived from Greek or Roman antiquity thanks to extraordinary find circumstances. It is primarily concerned with papyri, thousands of which await deciphering in universities and libraries.
The primary intention of the series is to edit and interpret texts, but methods of recovery and presentation will also be discussed, so that different types of books will be published: editions of texts, commentaries, monographs and collections. The main language is English, together with German and Italian.
Dante's unfinished work Il Convivio is often overlooked. In this volume, it is reconsidered in a different light, as Dante's first attempt to reassemble and reshape the remains of his Florentine past in order to construct a new way of defining himself as a writer after his exile in 1302.
This is the first English translation of the canonical Old French text Le Chevalier au barisel. It includes the original text and a facing-page translation, as well as an extensive introduction and notes. -- .
This English translation from the Greek is Hesiod's straightforward account of the family conflict among the gods and the Greek origin myth. Includes an introduction; commentary; interpretive essay; Hesiod's "Works and Days", lines 1-201; and material from the Library of Apollodorus.
This edition of Euripides' Ion, suitable for university-level students, was first published in 1939. It includes an introduction giving details necessary to understanding the background, context and purpose of the play, the Greek text, an extensive commentary which is particularly strong on matters of style and idiom, and a section on metrical analysis.
The third and final volume of Simon Hornblower's magisterial commentary on the history of the first 20 years of the Peloponnesian War written by the great fifth-century BC Greek historian Thucydides. Volume III covers the years 421-411 BC (Books 5.25 to 8.109). All Greek is translated, and there is a thematic Introduction.
In this book the author contends-and this is not a very widely held view-that Byzantium deserves to be considered an influential part of the broader development of Europe, even though its borders also reached out to the vast territories of Anatolia and the Caucasus, and to the eastern Mediterranean.
This volume brings Byzantium - often misconstrued as a vanished successor to the classical world - to the forefront of European history Focuses on the identity, ethnicity, and culture of the Byzantine people Deconstructs stereotypes surrounding Byzantium Beautifully illustrated with photographs and maps.
Averil Cameron refutes an argument by some scholars that Christians did not dialogue after a wall of silence came down in the fifth century AD. Cameron shows that in late antiquity and throughout Byzantium Christians debated and wrote philosophical, literary, and theological dialogues, and she makes a case for their centrality in Greek literature.
Asking how Christianity succeeded in becoming the dominant ideology in the unpromising circumstances of the Roman Empire, the author turns to the development of Christian discourse over the first to sixth centuries AD, investigating its essential characteristics, its effects on existing forms of communication, and its eventual preeminence.
By focusing on a single year not overshadowed by an epochal event, this title provides a fresh look at Mediterranean civilization in the midst of enormous change - as Christianity takes hold in rural areas across the empire, as western Roman provinces fall away from those in the Byzantine east, and as power shifts from Rome to Constantinople.
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