Byzantine Court Culture from 829 to 1204

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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 ...

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Washington, D. C 204, 1997 Paperback A bright clean copy, light rubbing to rear top corner, else in very fine & crisp condition. As new Quarto in gold paper boards; x, 264 p., ... [103] p. of plates: ill., plans; 26 cm. Includes bibliographic references and index. Surprisingly scarce. // Chiefly English; one paper in French; Imperial spaces--Imperial costumes and cult objects--Interchanges with foreign courts--Court intellectuals and rhetoric--Social composition of the Byzantine court--Art of the Byzantine court. || Civilization, Medieval--Congresses; Byzantine Empire--Civilization--Congresses; Byzantine Empire--Court and courtiers--History; Byzantine Empire--Foreign relations; Originally published in 1997; Papers from a symposium held in April, 1994. Read more Show Less

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Overview

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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Times Higher Education Supplement - Averil Cameron
Henry Maguire has edited a splendid volume of essays on the court culture of the great palace [of the Middle Byzantium Empire] in its heyday, before the sack of Constantinople in the Fourth Crusade in 1204. The great palace of the Middle Byzantium Empire was a byword among westerners for its magnificence--and a throne that went up and down. There is rich information in these essays on this technology, costume, and the use of relics and icons...[The essays'] most original contribution lies in the hints they provide as to how this much misunderstood society worked. Plenty of black-and-white illustrations make this a handsome book.
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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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Table of Contents

Introduction
List of abbreviations
The emperor in his church : imperial ritual in the church of St. Sophia 1
Gardens of the palaces 13
Middle Byzantine court costume 39
Helping hands for the empire : imperial ceremonies and the cult of relics at the Byzantine court 53
Court culture and cult icons in Middle Byzantine Constantinople 81
Byzantine court culture from the point of view of Norman Sicily : the case of the Cappella Palatina in Palermo 101
The shared culture of objects 115
Imperial panegyric : rhetoric and reality 131
In search of the Byzantine courtier : Leo Choirosphaktes and Constantine Manasses 141
The social world of the Byzantine court 167
Title and income at the Byzantine court 199
Daedalus and the nightingale : art and technology in the myth of the Byzantine court 217
Presence et figures du souverain a Sainte-Sophie de Constantinople et a l'eglise de la Sainte-Croix d'Aghtamar 231
The heavenly court 247
Index 259
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