Women, Men and Eunuchs: Gender in Byzantium

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The collected papers in this volume present a unique introduction both to the history of women, of men and eunuchs, or the third sex, in Byzantium and to the various theoretical and methodological approaches through which the topic can be examined. The contributors use evidence from both texts and images to give a wide-ranging picture of the place of women and Byzantine society and the perceptions of women held by that society.
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Overview

The collected papers in this volume present a unique introduction both to the history of women, of men and eunuchs, or the third sex, in Byzantium and to the various theoretical and methodological approaches through which the topic can be examined. The contributors use evidence from both texts and images to give a wide-ranging picture of the place of women and Byzantine society and the perceptions of women held by that society.
Women, Men and Eunuchs offers a unique and valuable exploration of the issue of gender in Byzantium, which will fascinate anyone interested in ancient and medieval history and gender studies.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415146869
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 9/28/1997
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Liz James is a lecturer in the History of Art, School of European Studies, University of Sussex. She has published several articles on women in Byzantium and is currently working on a book on Byzantine Empresses.

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Table of Contents

List of plates and figures
Notes on contributors
Acknowledgements
List of abbreviations
Introduction: Women's studies, gender studies, Byzantine studies
1 Sacred and Profane Love: Thoughts on Byzantine Gender 1
2 Women and Icons, and Women in Icons 24
3 Memories of Helena: Patterns in Imperial Female Matronage in the Fourth and Fifth Centuries 52
4 Imperial Women and the Ideology of Womanhood in the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries 76
5 Gender and Orientalism in Georgia in the Age of Queen Tamar 100
6 Salome's Sisters: The Rhetoric and Realities of Dance in Late Antiquity and Byzantium 119
7 Women as Outsiders 149
8 Byzantine Eunuchs: An Overview, with Special Reference to their Creation and Origin 168
9 Homo Byzantinus? 185
Select bibliography 200
Index 205
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