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
ISBN-10:
0521101816
ISBN-13:
9780521101813
Pub. Date:
10/29/2008
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
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Overview

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

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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