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The Oxford handbook of Byzantine studies / edited by Elizabeth Jeffreys with John Haldon and Robin Cormack.



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Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2008.
  • Book
  • xxix, 1021 p. : ill., maps ; 26 cm.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
  • I. THE DISCIPLINE-- 1. Byzantine Studies as an academic discipline-- 2. Instrumenta: tools for the study of the discipline-- Primary sources-- Chronology and dating-- Weights and measures-- Archaeology-- Critical approaches to art history-- Iconography-- Literary criticism-- Textual criticism-- Lexicography and electronic textual resources-- Palaeography, codicology, diplomatic-- Documents: imperial chrysobulls-- Documents: Athos-- Documents: Venetian Crete-- Epigraphy-- Sigillography-- Numismatics-- Prosopography-- Dendrochronology-- Brickstamps-- Topography of Constantinople-- II. THE PHYSICAL WORLD: LANDSCAPE, LAND USE AND THE ENVIRONMENT-- 1. The political geography of the Byzantine world-- Geographical survey-- Political-historical survey-- 2. Communications (roads, bridges, etc.)-- 3. Population, demography and disease-- 4. Settlement-- Towns and cities-- Villages-- 5. Buildings and their decoration-- Building materials-- Churches and monasteries-- Secular and military buildings-- Wallpaintings and mosaics-- 6. Production, manufacture and technology-- Agriculture and agricultural technology-- Fabrics and clothing-- Silk production-- Ceramics-- Metal work-- Ivory, steatite, enamel, and glass-- Book production-- Military technology and warfare-- Shipping and seafaring-- Everyday technologies-- III. INSTITUTIONS AND RELATIONSHIPS-- 1. Hierarchies-- Emperor and court-- Bureaucracy and aristocracies-- Clergy, monks, and laity-- 2. The State-- Structures and administration-- Army-- Revenues and expenditure-- 3. The Church-- Structures and administration-- Councils-- The Two Churches-- Liturgy-- Monasticism and monasteries-- Charitable institutions-- 4. The economy-- 5. Society-- Role of women-- Families and kinship-- Patronage and retinues-- Food, wine, and feasting-- Entertainment, theatre and hippodrome-- Hospitals and hygiene-- 6. Justice: legal literature-- 7. The spiritual world-- Byzantine theology-- Philosophies-- 8. The symbolic world-- Art and text-- Art and liturgy-- Art and pilgrimage-- Art and iconoclasm-- Icons-- Art and the periphery-- 9. Language, education and literacy-- Language-- Education-- Literacy-- Numeracy and science-- Libraries-- 10. Literature-- Rhetoric-- Historiography-- Theology-- Hagiography-- Homilies-- Epistolography-- Poetry and romances-- Military texts-- 11. Music-- IV. THE WORLD AROUND BYZANTIUM-- 1. Byzantium and its neighbours-- 2. Byzantium's role in world history-- LISTS OF RULERS, PATRIARCHS, AND POPES.
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Publisher's Summary:
The Oxford Handbook of Byzantine Studies presents discussions by leading experts on all significant aspects of this diverse and fast-growing field. Byzantine Studies deals with the history and culture of the Byzantine Empire, the eastern half of the Late Roman Empire, from the fourth to the fourteenth century. Its centre was the city formerly known as Byzantium, refounded as Constantinople in 324 CE, the present-day Istanbul. Under its emperors, patriarchs, and all-pervasive bureaucracy Byzantium developed a distinctive society: Greek in language, Roman in legal system, and Christian in religion. Byzantium's impact in the European Middle Ages is hard to over-estimate, as a bulwark against invaders, as a meeting-point for trade from Asia and the Mediterranean, as a guardian of the classical literary and artistic heritage, and as a creator of its own magnificent artistic style.
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Jeffreys, Elizabeth.
Haldon, John F.
Cormack, Robin.
Oxford handbooks.

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