The Christian Parthenon: Classicism and Pilgrimage in Byzantine Athens by Anthony Kaldellis | 9780521882286 | Hardcover | Barnes & Noble
The Christian Parthenon: Classicism and Pilgrimage in Byzantine Athens

The Christian Parthenon: Classicism and Pilgrimage in Byzantine Athens

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by Anthony Kaldellis
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521882281

ISBN-13: 9780521882286

Pub. Date: 05/31/2009

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Byzantine Athens was not a city without a history, as is commonly believed, but an important center about which much can now be said. Providing a wealth of new evidence, Professor Kaldellis argues that the Parthenon became a major site of Christian pilgrimage after its conversion into a church. Paradoxically, it was more important as a church than it had been as a

Overview

Byzantine Athens was not a city without a history, as is commonly believed, but an important center about which much can now be said. Providing a wealth of new evidence, Professor Kaldellis argues that the Parthenon became a major site of Christian pilgrimage after its conversion into a church. Paradoxically, it was more important as a church than it had been as a temple: the Byzantine period was its true age of glory. He examines the idiosyncratic fusion of pagan and Christian culture that took place in Athens, where an attempt was made to replicate the classical past in Christian terms, affecting rhetoric, monuments, and miracles. He also re-evaluates the reception of ancient ruins in Byzantine Greece and presents for the first time a form of pilgrimage that was directed not toward icons, Holy Lands, or holy men but toward a monument embodying a permanent cultural tension and religious dialectic.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521882286
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
05/31/2009
Pages:
268
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 9.80(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction; 1. Conversions of the Parthenon; 2. From students to pilgrims in Medieval Athens (532-848 AD); 3. Imperial recognition: Basileios II in Athens (1018 AD); 4. Pilgrims of the Middle Period (900-1100 AD); 5. The apogee of the Atheniotissa in the twelfth century; 6. Michael Choniates: a classicist-bishop and his cathedral (1182-1205 AD); 7. Why the Parthenon? An attempt at interpretation; 8. The light of the Christian Parthenon; Postscript: some Byzantine heresies; Appendix: the little metropolis.

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