Holy Women of Byzantium: Ten Saints' Lives in English Translation

Paperback (Print)
Used and New from Other Sellers
Used and New from Other Sellers
from $15.73
Usually ships in 1-2 business days
(Save 14%)
Other sellers (Paperback)
  • All (7) from $15.73   
  • New (3) from $19.23   
  • Used (4) from $15.73   
Sort by
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Note: Marketplace items are not eligible for any BN.com coupons and promotions
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:



New — never opened or used in original packaging.

Like New — packaging may have been opened. A "Like New" item is suitable to give as a gift.

Very Good — may have minor signs of wear on packaging but item works perfectly and has no damage.

Good — item is in good condition but packaging may have signs of shelf wear/aging or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Acceptable — item is in working order but may show signs of wear such as scratches or torn packaging. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Used — An item that has been opened and may show signs of wear. All specific defects should be noted in the Comments section associated with each item.

Refurbished — A used item that has been renewed or updated and verified to be in proper working condition. Not necessarily completed by the original manufacturer.

New Book. Shipped from UK within 4 to 14 business days. Established seller since 2000.

Ships from: Horcott Rd, Fairford, United Kingdom

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Seller since 2008

Feedback rating:


Condition: New
Brand New, Perfect Condition, Please allow 4-14 business days for delivery. 100% Money Back Guarantee, Over 1,000,000 customers served.

Ships from: Westminster, MD

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • International
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
Seller since 2009

Feedback rating:


Condition: New
Paper Back New The lives of these ten holy women from the fifth to the thirteenth centuries illustrate the divergent paths of sanctification within Orthodoxy, from charity and ... obedience to repentance, prophecy, and miracle-working. St. Mary-Marinos and St. Matrona of Perge disguised themselves as monks, while nuns St. Athanasia, St. Theodora of Thessaloniki, and Elizabeth the Wonder-Worker achieved holiness inside women's monasteries. St. Mary of Egypt and St. Theoktiste endured solitude, living only for Christ, while St. Mary the Younger, St. Thomais, and St. Theodora of Arta, an empress, persevered in the difficulties of married life. Each translation includes footnotes and an introduction setting the life in the context of history and the major themes of Byzantine hagiography. 351 pp. Read more Show Less

Ships from: Wichita, KS

Usually ships in 1-2 business days

  • Canadian
  • Standard, 48 States
  • Standard (AK, HI)
  • Express, 48 States
  • Express (AK, HI)
Page 1 of 1
Showing All
Sort by


These ten holy women, whose vitae range from the tenth to the thirteenth centuries, represent a wide variety of Byzantine female saints. From nuns disguised as monks to desert harlots, these holy women exemplify some of the divergent paths to sanctification in Byzantium. These vitae are also notable for their details of Byzantine life, providing information on family life and household management, monastic routines, and even a smallpox epidemic.
Life of St. Mary/Marinos
Life of St. Matrona of Perge
Life of St. Mary of Egypt
Life of St. Theoktiste of Lesbos
Life of St. Elisabeth the Wonderworker
Life of St. Athanasia of Aegina
Life of St. Theodora of Thessalonike
Life of St. Mary the Younger
Life of St. Thomaïs of Lesbos
Life of St. Theodora of Arta
Read More Show Less

Editorial Reviews

The notes are exemplary in their attention to historical details and patristic and scriptural citations, without being too profuse or scholarly. This volume represents an indispensable addition to the library of every Byzantinist, theologian and general reader. As the first volume of a series of English translations of Byzantine saints' lives, it stands on its own merits, while offering a glimpse of treasures to come.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780884022480
  • Publisher: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection
  • Publication date: 1/28/1996
  • Series: Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Saints Lives Series , #1
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 384
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Alice-Mary Talbot is Director of Byzantine Studies Emerita at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection.
Read More Show Less

Table of Contents

General Introduction     vii
Acknowledgments     xvii
List of Abbreviations     xix
Nuns Disguised as Monks
Life of St. Mary/Marinos   Nicholas Constas     1
Life of St. Matrona of Perge   Jeffrey Featherstone   Cyril Mango     13
Female Solitaries
Life of St. Mary of Egypt   Maria Kouli     65
Life of St. Theoktiste of Lesbos   Angela C. Hero     95
Cenobitic Nuns
Life of St. Elisabeth the Wonderworker   Valerie Karras     117
Life of St. Athanasia of Aegina   Lee Francis Sherry     137
Life of St. Theodora of Thessalonike   Alice-Mary Talbot     159
Pious Housewives
Life of St. Mary the Younger   Angeliki E. Laiou     239
Life of St. Thomais of Lesbos   Paul Halsall     291
A Saintly Empress
Life of St. Theodora of Arta   Alice-Mary Talbot     323
Index of People and Places     335
General Index     346
Index of Notable Greek Words     352
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star


4 Star


3 Star


2 Star


1 Star


Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation


  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously

    If you find inappropriate content, please report it to Barnes & Noble
    Why is this product inappropriate?
    Comments (optional)