Inter-disciplinary, capacious chronology.
The paper proposes that the Egyptian-style design on a 5-6th century CE magical amulet discovered at Nea Paphos in Cyprus (Inv. no. PAP/FR 44/2011) draws upon an apotropaic design against the Evil Eye known as the “All-Suffering Eye,” which dates back to the time of the early Roman Empire and is common on Byzantine “Holy Rider” medallions. [No…[Read more]
This chapter examines the eleventh-century Arabic translation of Basil of Caesarea’s Homilies on the Hexaemeron by the translator and theologian ʿAbdallāh ibn al-Faḍl of Antioch. It begins by surveying other late antique and medieval translations of Basil’s Hexaemeron, then lists all manuscripts known to me which are reported to contain an Arabic…[Read more]
In the winter of 476 A.D. the Ostrogoths, hungry and exhausted from wandering for months along the barren confines of the Byzantine Empire, wrote to Emperor Zeno in Constantinople requesting permission to enter the walled city of Epidaurum and just kinda crash and charge their phones. Closer to home, Orpheus walks Eurydice through a suburban…[Read more]
This article analyzes the famous tenth-century Greek alchemical codex Marcianus graecus 299, and in particular its first quire, considering the structure and significance of the manuscript as a whole.
A chapter on the Late Antique and Byzantine history of Philadelphia in Asia Minor and its monuments.
Focusing on the use and abuse in the study of Byzantine archaeology and Urbanism of the idea of the “Invisible Cities” as introduced in literature by Italo Calvino, this article attempts to set a framework for understanding Byzantine cities within clear and scientifically defined analytical categories as part of a modernist agenda. At the same tim…[Read more]
Maya Maskarinec deposited “Saints for All Christendom: Naturalizing the Alexandrian Saints Cyrus and John in Seventh- to Thirteenth-Century Rome.” Dumbarton Oaks Papers 71 (2017): 337–366 in the group Byzantine Studies on Humanities Commons 2 years, 6 months ago
“Saints for All Christendom: Naturalizing the Alexandrian Saints Cyrus and John in Seventh- to Thirteenth-Century Rome.” Dumbarton Oaks Papers 71 (2017): 337–366
The altar screen mosaic icons were ordered and installed on a new reconstructed altar screen in the Žiča Monastery in 1993. The sketches made by a painter, Mladen Srbinović were approved by a committee consisting of eminent experts. Furthermore , The Serbian Patriarch Paul gave his blessing to the icons. However, soon after they were put up, th…[Read more]
Danijela Tešić Radovanović deposited Lamp with the Representation of the Griffin: the Christianisation of Pagan Motifs During late Antiquity in the group Byzantine Studies on Humanities Commons 2 years, 6 months ago
The paper deals with the so called griffin lamps. In the group of early Christian bronze lamps, a relatively large number of those with handles in the form of griffin-shaped protome have been preserved. Griffin lamps could be called the prototype of Late Antique production, owing to the manner in which stylistic and iconographic elements of the…[Read more]
Danijela Tešić Radovanović deposited Између континуитета и негације – рецепција античких сполија у хришћанској традицији на северу Косова in the group Byzantine Studies on Humanities Commons 2 years, 6 months ago
Between Continuity and Negation – Reception of the Ancient Spolia in the Christian Tradition in the North of Kosovo The use of spolia has been recorded on numerous sacred objects in the Northern Kosovo, especially in the micro region around the Roman settlement in Sočanica. Spolia were mostly used for construction and paving; however, their use…[Read more]
Danijela Tešić Radovanović deposited Representing Light. Symbolism of Early Christian Lamp Decorations from Central Balkan Region (4th till 7th Centuries)/ Представљање светлости. Симболика украса ранохришћанских светиљки са простора централног Балкана (IV-VII век) in the group Byzantine Studies on Humanities Commons 2 years, 6 months ago
The aim of this research, focusing on representations of light and the symbolism of early Christian lamp decorations, has been to examine and summarise the existing knowledge of the symbolism of light in the Mediterranean region and the models by which this symbolism was manifested in the early Christian visual culture. Lamps with Early Christian…[Read more]
Lamp as a Symbol in Theology and Iconology of Light in the Mediterranean / Light and fire have been a part of the religious experience since the dawn of civilization, its cultic use can be traced back to as early as the Paleolithic. Seen as divine emanations, light and fire were experienced as a symbol of the divine presence. This symbolism can be…[Read more]
The Arabic narrative sources record a host of tales related to the founding of Baghdad and to its founder, the caliph al-Manṣūr. In one account, reported in several versions by al-Ṭabarī and al-Ḫaṭīb al-Bagdādī, a Byzantine ambassador arrives at al-Manṣūr’s court and criticizes the caliph’s new capital. The present paper suggests that the tale m…[Read more]
Jesse Arlen deposited “‘Let us Mourn Continuously:’ John Chrysostom and the Early Christian Transformation of Mourning,” in Studia Patristica Vol LXXXIII, Papers presented at the Seventeenth International Conference on Patristic Studies held in Oxford 2015, Vol 9: Emotions, eds. M. Vinzent and Y. Papadogiannakis (Leuven: Peeters, 2017): 289–312. in the group Byzantine Studies on Humanities Commons 3 years ago
An examination of Mourning and Tears in the works of John Chrysostom, with comparison to his classical and hellenistic predecessors (Aristotle, Seneca, Plutarch).
An article on the Armenian manuscripts at the Vatican Library (Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana).
Eine kurze Geschichte der Heiligenverehrung rund um den wichtigsten serbisch-orthodoxen Heiligen. Dargestellt aus einer kultur-anthropologischen Perspektive und im Kontext der politischen Mythologien verschiedener Bewegungen serbischer Identitätsprojekte: vom Mittelalter bis in die Neuzeit, von dynastischer Kulturpropaganda bis zum…[Read more]
This paper discusses the issue of the Emperor Herakleios’ mid career adoption of a large handlebar mustache at the end of the seventh century Byzantine-Persian war.
Nicholas S.M. Matheou deposited Towards a Historical Materialist Critique of Ethnicity: Armenianness between the Caucasus and Medieval New Rome in the group Byzantine Studies on Humanities Commons 4 years, 2 months ago
In this paper I outline a historical materialist framework for the transhistorical critique of ethnicity, providing a case study in the shaape of Armenian settlements in medieval New Rome. This is necessary since constructivism – the dominant theoretical tradition of the last forty years or so – has failed to dethrone common sense, met…[Read more]
Nicholas S.M. Matheou deposited City and Sovereignty in East Roman Thought, c.1000-1200: Ioannes Zonaras’ Historical Vision of the Roman State in the group Byzantine Studies on Humanities Commons 4 years, 2 months ago
An analysis of Ioannes Zonaras’ history, in particular its preface, in the light of recent debates over East Roman identity and republicanness, drawing a broad set of comparanda from the eleventh and twelfth centuries.
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