Reading in the Byzantine Empire and Beyond

Reading in the Byzantine Empire and Beyond

Shawcross, Teresa (Princeton University, New Jersey); Toth, Ida (University of Oxford)

Cambridge University Press






15 a 20 dias

This comprehensive introduction to the history of books, readers and reading in the Greek-speaking Byzantine Empire explores the relationships of author and audience, manuscript and textual transmission, and orality and literacy within their wider social and political context. It targets students of Classics, Byzantine studies, and Medieval Europe.
Introduction to books, readers, and reading; I. Byzantium: a bookish world Teresa Shawcross; II. Modern encounters with Byzantine texts and their reading publics Ida Toth; Part I. Love for the Written Word: Section 1. The Emotions of Reading: 1. John Mauropous and the benefits of reading Marina Bazzani; 2. The autobiographies of the Patriarch Gennadios II Scholarios Michael Angold; Section 2. Centre and Margins: 3. The role of the speeches of John the Oxite in Komnenian court politics Judith R. Ryder; 4. The liturgical poetics of an elite religious confraternity Paul Magdalino; 5. Manuscript notes and the Black Death in rural Cyprus Tassos Papacostas; Part II. Contact with a Living Culture: Section 3. The Power of Rhetoric: 6. Ancient Greek rhetorical theory and Byzantine discursive politics: John Sikeliotes on Hermogenes Panagiotis Roilos; 7. Memoirs as manifesto: the rhetoric of Katakalon Kekaumenos Jonathan Shepard; 8. Performative reading in the late Byzantine theatron Niels Gaul; Section 4. Religious Texts: 9. The religious world of John Malalas David M. Gwynn; 10. Oikonomia in the hymns of Romanos the Melode Johannes Koder; 11. Quotation and allusion in Symeon the New Theologian Manolis S. Patedakis; 12. Scriptural citation in Andronikos Kamateros Alessandra Bucossi; Section 5. Secular Texts: 13. Aristocratic family narratives in twelfth-century Byzantium Peter Frankopan; 14. Historiography, epic and the textual transmission of imperial values: Liudprand's Antapodosis and Digenes Akrites Gunter Prinzing; 15. Intertextuality in the Late Byzantine romance Tale of Troy Ulrich Moennig; Part III. Communication and Influence: Section 6. Educational Practices: 16. Late Byzantine school teaching through the iambic canons and their paraphrase Dimitrios Skrekas; Section 7. Text and Image: 17. Eros, literature and the Veroli Casket Liz James; 18. Object, text and performance in four Komnenian poems Margaret Mullett; 19. Textual and visual representations of the Antipodes from Byzantium and the Latin West Maja Kominko; Section 8. Interlingual Circulation and Transmission: 20. Basil I, Constantine VII and Armenian literary tradition in Byzantium Tim Greenwood; 21. Bilingual reading, the Alexiad and the Gesta Roberti Wiscardi James Howard-Johnston; 22. Transplanting culture: from Greek novel to medieval romance Roderick Beaton; Part IV. Modern Reading as Textual Archaeology: Section 9. Traces of Authorship: 23. Anonymous textual survivals from Late Antiquity Fiona K. Haarer; 24. Authorship and the Letters of Theodore Daphnopates John Duffy; 25. Authorship revisited: language and metre in the Ptochoprodromika Marjolijne C. Janssen and Marc D. Lauxtermann; Section 10. Recovered Languages: 26. The lexicon of horses' colours in learned and vernacular texts Erich Trapp; 27. Multilingualism and translation in the edition of vernacular texts Manolis Papathomopoulos; Afterword: reading and hearing in Byzantium Elizabeth Jeffreys and Michael Jeffreys.
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