Margins and Metropolis: Authority across the Byzantine Empire

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"Herrin is acutely aware not only of Byzantium's place in the world, but also of its idiosyncrasies, which she illuminates by bringing into play the ecclesiastical sources in a way that few other Byzantine historians have done. Her essays reveal first and foremost her breadth of vision."—Michael Angold, editor of The Cambridge History of Christianity: Eastern Christianity

"Tracing her journey across the history of Byzantium, Herrin's elegant essays display her insightful ...

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Overview

"Herrin is acutely aware not only of Byzantium's place in the world, but also of its idiosyncrasies, which she illuminates by bringing into play the ecclesiastical sources in a way that few other Byzantine historians have done. Her essays reveal first and foremost her breadth of vision."—Michael Angold, editor of The Cambridge History of Christianity: Eastern Christianity

"Tracing her journey across the history of Byzantium, Herrin's elegant essays display her insightful approaches, solid methodology, and vast historical knowledge."—Christine Angelidi, Institute of Historical Research, Athens

"Herrin's essays reveal a capacity given to very few historians—the power to present the big picture without ever losing sight of the vital details. Their genesis over the course of her career, and more importantly their bearing on our current intellectual and political situation, illustrate what it means to be a humane and humanistic scholar in the last half century."—Anthony Cutler, author of The Hand of the Master

"All of Herrin's essays reveal a distinguished historian with a clear intellectual consciousness."—Antonio Carile, University of Bologna

"This wide-ranging collection of studies by one of the foremost medieval historians of this generation opens up new perspectives on Byzantium. The life experience of women and men is re-created with a view from the margins. Women at the court and in private households are restored to agency and the capital of Constantinople is seen from the perspective of the provinces. As a result, Byzantium no longer appears as a monolith steeped in unchanging ritual, but as a dynamic society that developed its own responses to challenges and so ensured its extraordinary longevity."—Claudia Rapp, author of Holy Bishops in Late Antiquity

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"Herrin has followed her publisher's excellent advice that she preface each piece with a generous account of when and how it came to be written. This means that, together with her general introductions for the two volumes, the reader has an extraordinary glimpse into the evolution of Byzantine studies from the 1960s onward as well as for the personal development of Herrin herself as a Byzantine historian. The two volumes are a kind of intellectual autobiography. I know of nothing quite like them in the time-honored tradition of collecting a scholar's papers. We can see clearly, step by step, how Herrin became the historian she is today as well as the environment that supported her, and through her, the field to which she has dedicated her life."—G.W. Bowersock, New York Review of Books

"Herrin delights with her unpicking of unfamiliar texts and her eye for detail."—Christopher Kelly, Times Literary Supplement

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780691153018
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 4/7/2013
  • Pages: 392
  • Sales rank: 1,162,671
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Herrin is the Constantine Leventis Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Hellenic Studies at King's College London. She is the author of "Byzantium: The Surprising Life of a Medieval Empire", "Women in Purple: Rulers of Medieval Byzantium", and "The Formation of Christendom" (all Princeton).

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Table of Contents

Abbreviations ix
Introduction xiii
MARGINS
1. A Christian Millennium: Greece in Byzantium—How the Empire Worked at Its Edge 3
2. Aspects of the Process of Hellenization in the Early Middle Ages 33
3. Realities of Provincial Government: Hellas and Peloponnesos, 1180-1204 58
4. The Ecclesiastical Organization of Central Greece at the Time of Michael Choniates: New Evidence from the Codex Atheniensis 1371 103
5. The Collapse of the Byzantine Empire in the Twelfth Century: A Study of a Medieval Economy 111
6. Byzantine Kythera 130
METROPOLIS
7. Byzantium: The Palace and the City 159
8. Philippikos and the Greens 179
9. Philippikos "the Gentle" 192
10. The Historical Context of Iconoclast Reform 206
11. Constantinople, Rome, and the Franks in the Seventh and Eighth Centuries 220
12. The Pentarchy: Theory and Reality in the Ninth Century 239
13. From Bread and Circuses to Soup and Salvation: The Origins of Byzantine Charity 267
14. Ideals of Charity, Realities of Welfare: The Philanthropic Activity of the Byzantine Church 299
15. Mathematical Mysteries in Byzantium: The Transmission of Fermat's Last Theorem 312
16. Book Burning as Purification in Early Byzantium 335
Index 357

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