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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. Maximianus, Portrait, Ravenna 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

Hundreds of New Byzantine Texts Digitized by Thesaurus Linguae Graecae

Here is a list: 0645 JUSTINUS MARTYR Apol.   1389 HARPOCRATION Gramm.   1595 PHILODEMUS Phil.   2042 ORIGENES Theol.   2130 ARETHAS Scr. Eccl. et Philol.   2642 <ASTRAMPSYCHUS Magus> Onir.   2702 Michael PSELLUS Epist., Polyhist., Phil., Hagiogr. et Theol.   2721 Theodorus PRODROMUS Poeta et Polyhist.   2738 CHRONOGRAPHIAE ANONYMAE Chronogr.   2772 ACTA TIMOTHEI Hagiogr., Apocryph. et Acta   2933 GERMANUS I Scr. Eccl.   3010 Theodorus BALSAMON Scr. Eccl.   3024 Constantinus STILBES Poeta et Rhet.   3036 EUTHYMIUS Scr. Eccl.   3053 JOANNES II Scr. Eccl.   3054 JOANNES IV (vel V) Oxe├»tes Scr. Eccl.   3059 JOANNES X CAMATERUS Scr. Eccl.   3073 Euthymius MALACES Scr. Eccl., Rhet. et Theol.   3077 MICHAEL I CERULARIUS Theol. et Scr. Eccl.   3078 MICHAEL III Epist., Theol. et Rhet.   3085 NEOPHYTUS INCLUSUS Scr. Eccl.   3092   Nicephorus BLEMMYDES Phil. et Theol. 3093 NICETAS Phil., Theol. et Sc

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