Byzantine Court Culture from 829 to 1204

Byzantine Court Culture from 829 to 1204

by Henry Maguire (Editor)


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The imperial court in Constantinople has been central to the outsider’s vision of Byzantium. However, in spite of its fame in literature and scholarship, there have been few attempts to analyze the Byzantine court in its entirety as a phenomenon. The studies in this volume aim to provide a unified composition by presenting Byzantine courtly life in all its interconnected facets.

One important theme that unites these studies is the attention paid to describing the effects of a change in the social makeup of the court during this period and the reflection of these changes in art and architecture. These changes in social composition, mentality, and material culture of the court demonstrate that, as in so many other aspects of Byzantine civilization, the image of permanence and immutability projected by the forms of palace life was more apparent than real. As this new work shows, behind the golden facade of ceremony, rhetoric, and art, there was constant development and renewal.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780884023081
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 01/01/1995
Series: Dumbarton Oaks Other Titles in Byzantine Studies
Pages: 372
Product dimensions: 6.90(w) x 9.90(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Henry Maguire is a former Director of Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks and Professor of Art History at Johns Hopkins University.

Table of Contents

List of Abbreviationsix
IImperial Spaces
The Emperor in His Church: Imperial Ritual in the Church of St. Sophia1
Gardens of the Palaces13
IIImperial Costumes and Cult Objects
Middle Byzantine Court Costume39
Helping Hands for the Empire: Imperial Ceremonies and the Cult of Relics at the Byzantine Court53
Court Culture and Cult Icons in Middle Byzantine Constantinople81
IIIInterchanges with Foreign Courts
Byzantine Court Culture from the Point of View of Norman Sicily: The Case of the Cappella Palatina in Palermo101
The Shared Culture of Objects115
IVCourt Intellectuals and Rhetoric
Imperial Panegyric: Rhetoric and Reality131
In Search of the Byzantine Courtier: Leo Choirosphaktes and Constantine Manasses141
VSocial Composition of the Byzantine Court
The Social World of the Byzantine Court167
Title and Income at the Byzantine Court199
VIArt of the Byzantine Court
Daedalus and the Nightingale: Art and Technology in the Myth of the Byzantine Court217
Presence et figures du souverain a Sainte-Sophie de Constantinople et a l'eglise de la Sainte-Croix d'Aghtamar231
The Heavenly Court247

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