Monday, March 16, 2015

New Book on Byzantine Literature of 12th c by Ingela Nilsson


A new book by I. Nilsson (Uppsala) on the literature of the 12th c.:
This study uses Byzantine novels as a window onto the twelfth-century literary world, concentrating in particular on the function of narrative techniques and structures. More general questions such as the relationship between form and content, reality and fiction, gender and the individual are also addressed.
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Sunday, February 15, 2015

New Texts added in the TLG Thesaurus Linguae Graecae



More than 70 texts have been recently to the TLG. These new additions include authors like Blemmydes, Gregoras, Chrysoloras, Barlaam, Photius, or Symeon of Thessaloniki.

0651 ANTONINUS LIBERALIS Myth. (2 works) 0733 CASSIUS Iatrosophista Med. (1 work) 1375 EVANGELIUM THOMAE Apocryph. et Evangel. (1 work) 1451 JOSEPHUS ET ASENETH Hagiogr., Pseudepigr. et Narr. Fict. (1 work) 2598 PROCOPIUS Scr. Eccl. et Rhet. (1 work) 2819 LEONTIUS Theol. (2 works) 2938 GERMANUS II Scr. Eccl. (3 works) 3019 CHRISTOPHORUS Mytilenaeus Poeta (1 work) 3054 JOANNES IV (vel V) Oxeïtes Scr. Eccl. (2 works) 3092 Nicephorus BLEMMYDES Phil. et Theol. (1 work) 3099 Nicetas STETHATUS Theol. et Hagiogr. (2 works) 3142 Georgius PACHYMERES Hist., Philol. et Scr. Eccl. (4 works) 3159 BARLAAM Calabrius Epist., Theol. et Math. (2 works) 3169 Joannes VI CANTACUZENUS (1 work) 3191 Theodorus METOCHITES Polyhist. et Phil. (1 work) 3197 Demetrius CYDONES Philol., Theol. et Transl. (6 works) 3202 Georgius GEMISTUS Phil. (1 work) 3205 THEODORUS II DUCAS LASCARIS Theol. et Rhet. (1 work) 3230 Manuel CALECAS Epist., Philol. et Theol. (1 work) 3232 SYMEON THESSALONICENSIS Scr. Eccl. (2 works) 3248 Joannes CYPARISSIOTES Theol. (1 work) 3254 Gregorius PALAMAS Theol. et Scr. Eccl. (4 works) 3348 Manuel CHRYSOLORAS Gramm. (1 work) 3349 DOROTHEUS Mytilenaeus Theol. (1 work) 4040 PHOTIUS Theol., Scr. Eccl. et Lexicogr. (1 work) 4145 Nicephorus GREGORAS Hist. et Scr. Rerum Nat. (4 works) 4146 Maximus PLANUDES Polyhist. et Theol. (1 work) 4187 LEO MAGENTINUS Phil. (1 work) 4311 ETYMOLOGICUM SYMEONIS Lexicogr. (1 work) 4398 Marinus PHALIERUS Poeta (3 works) 4402 THEOCTISTUS STUDITES Hagiogr. et Hymnograph. (1 work) 4432 Joannes PICATORUS Poeta (1 work) 4433 Callistus ANGELICUDES Theol. (2 works) 4435 Manuel MELIGALAS Epist. (1 work) 5500 GEORGIUS CHORTATZES Trag. vel Comic. (1 work) 5504 PULOLOGUS Narr. Fict. et Satyr. (1 work) 5505 Georgius CHUMNUS Poeta (1 work) 9041 Demetrius PEPAGOMENUS Med. (2 works)

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Read online: Byzantium and the Greek Identity, ed. P. Magdalino



Read here a volume on Byzantium and the Modern Greek Identity:
This collection of commissioned essays aims to present an overview of some of the different tendencies manifested by modern Greek attitudes to Byzantium since the late 18th-century Enlightenment.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Online free book: The Glory of Byzantium: Art and Culture in the Middle Byzantine Era



Full access to a major resource for the study of Byzantine art:
The Glory of Byzantium: Art and Culture of the Middle Byzantine Era, edited by Helen C. Evans, William D. Wixom:

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Hagia Sophia and the Byzantine Aesthetic



A new book on Hagia Sophia and the Byzantine Aesthetic Experience by Nadine Schibille.
From the introduction:
Paramount in the shaping of early Byzantine identity was the construction of the church of Hagia Sophia in Constantinople (532-537 CE). This book examines the edifice from the perspective of aesthetics to define the concept of beauty and the meaning of art in early Byzantium. Byzantine aesthetic thought is re-evaluated against late antique Neoplatonism and the writings of Pseudo-Dionysius that offer fundamental paradigms for the late antique attitude towards art and beauty.

Click here to browse the book.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

A major volume on Byzantine novels, now available online: A Poetics of the Twelfth-Century Medieval Greek Novel



Medieval Greek romances were a very popular genre in Byzantium. P. Roilos' groundbreaking volume on the topic is now available online.
Here is a passage from the conclusions:
Through their multilayered responses to the past and their present, the Komnenian novels mediate first between antiquity and the Middle Ages and, second, between the Middle Ages and modernity. Due to its inherent discursive plasticity, the genre of the novel offered the Komnenian writers a dynamic literary medium for the exploration of a number of ideological and conceptual tensions ensuing from originally antithetical but often ultimately complementary conceptual and cultural categories. No doubt these tensions marked Byzantine culture from its initial formation to its final exhaustion. However, all these opposing forces reached their acme in the twelfth century: Hellenism and Christianity, antiquity and “modernity,” tradition and experimentation, secular and sacred, “high” and “low,” pleasure and asceticism, realism and fantasy, individuality and universality, to mention only some.
Click here to access the volume

Monday, November 17, 2014

Voice, Signature, Mask: The Byzantine Author a VIDEO lecture by Stratis Papaioannou


A very interesting lecture by Stratis Papaioannou (Brown) at the American School of Classical Studies, Athens (October 2014).
Byzantine literature remains relatively exotic for modern readers, unlike its predecessor, Classical literature, or commensurate aspects of Byzantine culture, such as visual art.This lecture ventures a comprehensive view of Byzantine literature by examining notions and practices of authorship. Though neither classical nor medieval Greek have a single word that corresponds exactly to our “authorship,” Byzantine rhetoric and manuscript book culture reveal an intricate web of meanings for what an author is. Vacillating between authenticity and creative impersonation, Byzantine authors signal modernity.
You can watch the lecture here.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Colloquium: Managing emotion: passions, emotions, affects and imaginings in Byzantium

In December, Dumbarton Oaks Research Center for Byzantine Studies will host a new colloquium on Byzantine emotions and passions.
Byzantinists were early into the field of the study of emotion with Henry Maguire’s ground-breaking article on sorrow, published in 1977. But since then classicists and western medievalists have developed new ways of understanding how emotional communities work and where the ancients’ concepts of emotion differ from our own. It is time perhaps to celebrate Maguire’s work, but also to look at what is distinctive about Byzantine emotion. We should like to encourage speakers to focus on a single emotion and to use it as a vantage point to investigate central aspects of the Byzantine worldview. We want to look at emotions as both cognitive and relational processes. Our focus is not only the construction of emotions with respect to perception and cognition; we are also interested in how emotions were communicated and exchanged across broad (multi)linguistic, political and social boundaries. We expect to receive comment from classics, western medieval studies, philosophy and psychology. The comparative stance will help us disclose what is peculiar to the Byzantine ‘emotional constellation’. Priorities are twofold: to arrive at an understanding of what the Byzantines thought of as emotions and to comprehend how theory shaped their appraisal of reality.
See the program and the presentation here

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