Women of Byzantium

Women of Byzantium

by Carolyn L. Connor
     
 

ISBN-10: 0300099576

ISBN-13: 9780300099577

Pub. Date: 09/28/2004

Publisher: Yale University Press

On detailed inspection, sources relating to the Byzantine empire do contain significant reference to the position and role of women in society. In this study Carolyn Connor presents a window into the 'lives, occupations, beliefs, and social roles of Byzantine women' from Late Antiquity, AD 250, to the Fall of Constantinople in 1453. Drawing on a wide variety of…  See more details below

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On detailed inspection, sources relating to the Byzantine empire do contain significant reference to the position and role of women in society. In this study Carolyn Connor presents a window into the 'lives, occupations, beliefs, and social roles of Byzantine women' from Late Antiquity, AD 250, to the Fall of Constantinople in 1453. Drawing on a wide variety of sources including art, architecture, inscriptions, hagiographies, poetry. histories, legal records and chronicles, each chapter takes a particular theme relating to women such as imperial marriage, women as saints, female pilgrimages, monasticism and women as patrons. Each chapter begins with a general introduction to its central theme and then takes a particular female figure as a case study, covering many different types and social classes of women. The lives of ordinary women, wives, mothers, and sisters are social classes of women. The lives of ordinary women, wives, mothers, and sisters are placed alongside those of the empress Theodora, the empress Zoe, the wife of the emperor Justinian, Anna Kommene, and so on. An impressive and well-written study which is not beyond the general reader.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300099577
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
09/28/2004
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
432
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 10.32(h) x 1.15(d)

Table of Contents

Plan of Byzantine Constantinople
Pt. ILate antiquity (250-500 CE)
Introduction : Thekla1
1Ascetic women and religious life in early Christianity : Macrina13
2Pilgrimage : Egeria29
3Female imperial authority : empresses of the Theodosian House : Galla Placidia45
Pt. IIEarly Byzantium (500-843)
Introduction : the problematic for a study of Byzantine women73
4Sinners and saints : women at risk : Mary of Egypt78
5Women and artistic patronage : Anicia Juliana94
6The challenge of Theodora117
7Ordinary women in the orbit of Theodore of Sykeon146
Pt. IIIThe middle Byzantine period (843-1204)
Introduction : women, the faith in icons, and the triumph of orthodoxy159
8Women's monasticism : Irene of Chrysobalanton166
9Women in art : the Byzantine image of female sanctity : Helena182
10Imperial women and marriage : Zoe207
11The world of Anna Komnene : Anna's passionate voice in the Alexiad238
Pt. IVLate Byzantium (1204-1453)
Introduction : women's work263
12Founding mothers and the testimony of the typika : Theodora Synadene268
13Epilogue : the "lady of the Mongols"309
AppList of Byzantine emperors and empresses319

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