Inter-disciplinary, capacious chronology.
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 2 months 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 1 year, 4 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 1 year, 4 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.
A social-historical reading of historical causation in Khoniates’ Khronike Diegesis, with particular reference to the information he provides on Asia Minor.
Nicholas S.M. Matheou deposited REVIEW: Court Ceremonies and Rituals of Power in Byzantium and the Eastern Mediterranean. Comparative Perspectives. Edited by Alexander Beihammer, Stavroula Constantinou, & Maria Parani in the group Byzantine Studies on Humanities Commons 1 year, 4 months ago
Review of the collected volume Court Ceremonies and Rituals of Power in Byzantium and the Eastern Mediterranean.
From Constantinople to the Frontier: The City and the Cities provides twenty-five articles addressing the concept of centres and peripheries in the late antique and Byzantine worlds, focusing specifically on urban aspects of this paradigm. Spanning from the fourth to thirteenth centuries, and ranging from the later Roman empires to the early…[Read more]
Introduction to special journal edition of Medieval Worlds, focused on revisiting and reframing the debate over ethnicity and nationhood before modernity.
Dedicatory inscriptions on Middle Byzantine reliquaries have been analyzed for their documentary information, including prosopography, provenance, and date. Relying solely on this data limits our understanding of these objects. The methodology in this paper recontextualizes Byzantine reliquaries and their dedicatory inscriptions by reassessing the…[Read more]
Dedicatory inscriptions on Middle Byzantine reliquaries convey important information, including the identity of the patrons, the provenance of the relics, and the purpose of the gift. I argue that the placement of the dedicatory inscription in relationship to the image and the contents of the reliquary provides a more nuanced message than that…[Read more]