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The Throne of Archbishop Maximianus of Ravenna

The Throne of Maximian (or Maximianus) is a throne that was made for Archbishop Maximianus of Ravenna and is now on display at the Archiepiscopal Museum, Ravenna. It is generally agreed that the throne was carved in the Greek East of the Byzantine Empire and shipped to Ravenna, but there has long been scholarly debate over whether it was made in Constantinople or Alexandria.

The style of the throne is a mixture of Early Christian art and that of the First Golden Age of Byzantine art. It is made of carved ivory panels, with frames of winding vines and grapevines, on a wooden frame. The throne itself is large with a high semi-circular back and may have held a jewelled cross or Gospel book for some of the time. The ivory carvings are done in relief and the panels depict important biblical figures. The back of the throne shows scenes of the Life of Christ, the sides include scenes of the Story of Joseph from the Book of Genesis, and on the front of the throne are the Four evangelists aro…

Hundreds of New Byzantine Texts Digitized by Thesaurus Linguae Graecae

Here is a list:




2042ORIGENES Theol.

2130ARETHAS Scr. Eccl. et Philol.

2642<ASTRAMPSYCHUS Magus> Onir.

2702Michael PSELLUS Epist., Polyhist., Phil., Hagiogr. et Theol.

2721Theodorus PRODROMUS Poeta et Polyhist.


2772ACTA TIMOTHEI Hagiogr., Apocryph. et Acta

2933GERMANUS I Scr. Eccl.

3010Theodorus BALSAMON Scr. Eccl.

3024Constantinus STILBES Poeta et Rhet.

3036EUTHYMIUS Scr. Eccl.

3053JOANNES II Scr. Eccl.

3054JOANNES IV (vel V) Oxeïtes Scr. Eccl.


3073Euthymius MALACES Scr. Eccl., Rhet. et Theol.

3077MICHAEL I CERULARIUS Theol. et Scr. Eccl.

3078MICHAEL III Epist., Theol. et Rhet.


3092Nicephorus BLEMMYDES Phil. et Theol.3093NICETAS Phil., Theol. et Scr. Eccl.

3099Nicetas STETHATUS Theol. et Hagiogr.

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New Book: Cambridge Intellectual History of Byzantium

From the editors:
This volume brings into being the field of Byzantine intellectual history. Shifting focus from the cultural, social, and economic study of Byzantium to the life and evolution of ideas in their context, it provides an authoritative history of intellectual endeavors from Late Antiquity to the fifteenth century. At its heart lie the transmission, transformation, and shifts of Hellenic, Christian, and Byzantine ideas and concepts as exemplified in diverse aspects of intellectual life, from philosophy, theology, and rhetoric to astrology, astronomy, and politics. Case studies introduce the major players in Byzantine intellectual life, and particular emphasis is placed on the reception of ancient thought and its significance for secular as well as religious modes of thinking and acting. New insights are offered regarding controversial, understudied, or promising topics of research, such as philosophy and medical thought in Byzantium, and intellectual exchanges with the Ar…