Vision and Meaning in Ninth-Century Byzantium: Image as Exegesis in the Homilies of Gregory of Nazianzus

Vision and Meaning in Ninth-Century Byzantium: Image as Exegesis in the Homilies of Gregory of Nazianzus

by Leslie Brubaker
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521101816

ISBN-13: 9780521101813

Pub. Date: 10/29/2008

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

This book centers on the copy of the Homilies of Gregory of Nazianzus produced in Constantinople around 880 for the emperor Basil I as a gift from the patriarch Photios. The manuscript includes forty-six full page miniatures, most of which do not directly illustrate the text they accompany, but instead provide a visual commentary. Vision and Meaning in Ninth-Century

Overview

This book centers on the copy of the Homilies of Gregory of Nazianzus produced in Constantinople around 880 for the emperor Basil I as a gift from the patriarch Photios. The manuscript includes forty-six full page miniatures, most of which do not directly illustrate the text they accompany, but instead provide a visual commentary. Vision and Meaning in Ninth-Century Byzantium deals with how such communication worked, and examines the types of messages that pictures could convey in ninth-century Byzantium.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521101813
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/29/2008
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Palaeography and Codicology Series, #6
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
572
Product dimensions:
6.69(w) x 9.61(h) x 1.14(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations;
Preface;
Acknowledgements;
Abbreviations;
Introduction;
1. Sitting the miniatures: imagery in the ninth century;
2. The miniatures: internal evidence;
3. The biographical miniatures: toward image as exegesis;
4. Basil I and visual panegyric;
5. The patriarch Photios and visual exegesis;
6. Mission, martyrdom and visual polemic;
7. Perceptions of divinity;
8. Iconography;
9. Conclusions;
Appendices;
Bibliography;
Index.

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