Byzantine Style, Religion and Civilization: In Honour of Sir Steven Runciman
  • Byzantine Style, Religion and Civilization: In Honour of Sir Steven Runciman
  • Byzantine Style, Religion and Civilization: In Honour of Sir Steven Runciman

Byzantine Style, Religion and Civilization: In Honour of Sir Steven Runciman

by Elizabeth Jeffreys
     
 

Sir Steven Runciman's History of the Crusades (1951-4) remains widely read and influential to this day but represents only a part of his wide-ranging, erudite and immensely readable literary activity. His early work focused on Byzantium in the tenth century (The Emperor Romanus Lecapenus) and the history of the first Bulgarian empire. Later he wrote with authority on… See more details below

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Sir Steven Runciman's History of the Crusades (1951-4) remains widely read and influential to this day but represents only a part of his wide-ranging, erudite and immensely readable literary activity. His early work focused on Byzantium in the tenth century (The Emperor Romanus Lecapenus) and the history of the first Bulgarian empire. Later he wrote with authority on ecclesiastical relations between the eastern and western churches (The Eastern Schism), and more generally on Byzantine culture (Byzantine Style and Civilization) with forays into medieval diplomacy (The Sicilian Vespers) and British colonial society (The White Rajahs). With a diplomatic past which informed his work, he was the doyen of Byzantine studies in Britain. This volume of essays on topics relevant to Sir Steven's interests, long planned in his honour by British Byzantinists of all generations, includes a memoir of his life and a full bibliography of his writings.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521834452
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
11/30/2006
Pages:
436
Product dimensions:
6.85(w) x 9.72(h) x 1.42(d)

Table of Contents


List of figures     viii
List of contributors     xiii
Acknowledgements     xvii
List of abbreviations     xviii
Bibliography of Sir Steven Runciman's works     xx
James Cochran Stevenson Runciman   Anthony Bryer     xxxix
Style
The Christian Topography (Vat. gr. 699) revisited: image, text, and conflict in ninth-century Byzantium   Leslie Brubaker     3
Byzantine enamels in the twentieth century   David Buckton     25
The rise and fall of towns, loci of maritime traffic, and silk production: the problem of Thisvi-Kastorion   Archibald Dunn     38
Women in Serbian politics, diplomacy and art at the beginning of Ottoman rule   Zaga Gavrilovic     72
Byzantium-Venice-Manchester: an early thirteenth-century carved marble basin and British Byzantinism at the turn of the twentieth century   Lucy-Anne Hunt     91
Manners maketh Romans? Young barbarians at the emperor's court   Jonathan Shepard     135
Byzantine and crusader art: Sir Steven was right   D. C. Winfield     159
Religion
The discovery of the relics of St Grigor and the development of Armenian tradition in ninth-century Byzantium   Timothy Greenwood     177
The image of Edessa: some notes on its laterfortunes   Paul Hetherington     192
Photios as a theologian   Andrew Louth     206
Magic at the crossroads in the sixth century   J. Nimmo-Smith     224
'The Angelic Life': monasteries for eunuchs   Shaun Tougher     238
Armed pilgrimage and the reign of the anti-Christ: Steven Runciman and the origins of the First Crusade   F. R. Trombley     253
Civilization
Wine for immortality and immortality for wine: reflections on the Dionysiaca of Nonnos of Panopolis   David Frendo     275
'Greek Fire' revisited: recent and current research   John Haldon     290
Constantinople in the reign of Basil II   Catherine Holmes     326
A short piece of narrative history: war and diplomacy in the Balkans, winter 921/2-spring 924   J. D. Howard-Johnston     340
Restoration of Orthodoxy, the pardon of Theophilos and the Acta Davidis, Symeonis et Georgii   Patricia Karlin-Hayter     361
Freestanding towers in the countryside of Rhodes   P. W. Lock     374
The Campanopetra reconsidered: the pilgrimage church of the Apostle Barnabas?   A. H. S. Megaw     394
The travels of Paul Lucas   Lyn Rodley     405
Aristocrats and aliens in early Byzantine Constantinople    Peter Sarris     413
Index     428

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