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Byzantine Court Culture from 829 to 1204

Byzantine Court Culture from 829 to 1204

by Henry P. Maguire
     
 

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The imperial court in Constantinople has been central to the outsider's vision of Byzantium. However, in spite of its fame in literature and scholarship, there have been few attempts to analyze the Byzantine court in its entirety as a phenomenon. The studies in this volume aim to provide a unified composition by presenting Byzantine courtly life in all its

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The imperial court in Constantinople has been central to the outsider's vision of Byzantium. However, in spite of its fame in literature and scholarship, there have been few attempts to analyze the Byzantine court in its entirety as a phenomenon. The studies in this volume aim to provide a unified composition by presenting Byzantine courtly life in all its interconnected facets.

One important theme that unites these studies is the attention paid to describing the effects of a change in the social makeup of the court during this period and the reflection of these changes in art and architecture. These changes in social composition, mentality, and material culture of the court demonstrate that, as in so many other aspects of Byzantine civilization, the image of permanence and immutability projected by the forms of palace life was more apparent than real. As this new work shows, behind the golden facade of ceremony, rhetoric, and art, there was constant development and renewal.

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The 14 contributions from the April 1994 symposium at Dumbarton Oaks present Byzantine courtly life in all of its interconnected facets. Having as a uniting theme the effects of change in the social makeup of the court and the reflection of change in art and architecture, the papers and their accompanying illustrations present a picture of renewal and development behind a golden facade. Topics include imperial spaces, costumes and cult objects, interchanges with foreign courts, intellectuals and rhetoric, social composition of the court, and art and architecture. Distributed by Harvard U. Press. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780884022428
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
01/30/1998
Series:
Dumbarton Oaks Research Library
Pages:
372
Product dimensions:
7.38(w) x 10.35(h) x 1.38(d)

Meet the Author

Henry Maguire is a former Director of Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks and Professor of Art History at Johns Hopkins University

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