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The Cambridge Intellectual History of Byzantium

The Cambridge Intellectual History of Byzantium

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Niketas Siniossoglou, Anthony Kaldellis, Jonathan Harris, Inmaculada Pérez Martín, Stephanos Efthymiades, Eleanor Dickey, Dimitris Gutas, Brian Long, Stratis Papaioannou, Manolis Bourbouhakis, Charles Barber, Bernard Stolte, Dominic O'Meara, Anne Tihon, Paul Magdalino, Richard Greenfield, Gerasimos Merianos, Timothy S. Miller, John A. McGuckin, Tuomo Lankila, Andrew Louth, Ken Parry, Christophe Erismann, David Bradshaw, Michele Trizio, Phil Booth, Anna Zhyrkova, David Jenkins, Tia Kolbaba, Norman Russell, Moshe Idel, Marcus Plested, Marie-Hélène Blanchet, Dimitris Krallis, Teresa Shawcross, Paschalis M. Kitromilides
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  • Publication planned for: November 2017
  • availability: Not yet published - available from November 2017
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107041813

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  • This volume brings into being the field of Byzantine intellectual history. Shifting focus from the cultural, social, and economic study of Byzantium to the life and evolution of ideas in their context, it provides an authoritative history of intellectual endeavors from Late Antiquity to the fifteenth century. At its heart lie the transmission, transformation, and shifts of Hellenic, Christian, and Byzantine ideas and concepts as exemplified in diverse aspects of intellectual life, from philosophy, theology, and rhetoric to astrology, astronomy, and politics. Case studies introduce the major players in Byzantine intellectual life, and particular emphasis is placed on the reception of ancient thought and its significance for secular as well as religious modes of thinking and acting. New insights are offered regarding controversial, understudied, or promising topics of research, such as philosophy and medical thought in Byzantium, and intellectual exchanges with the Arab world.

    • The only history of Byzantine intellectual life within its historical context
    • Features explorations of major topics in the history of thought alongside new and understudied areas of interest
    • An important and authoritative volume for scholars of Byzantium and of all branches of intellectual history
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    • Publication planned for: November 2017
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107041813
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • availability: Not yet published - available from November 2017
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Niketas Siniossoglou and Anthony Kaldellis
    Part I. The Transmission of Knowledge:
    1. Institutional settings: the court, schools, church, and monasteries Jonathan Harris
    2. Byzantine books Inmaculada Pérez Martín
    3. Questions and answers Stephanos Efthymiades
    4. Classical scholarship: the Byzantine contribution Eleanor Dickey
    5. Intellectual exchanges with the Arab world Dimitris Gutas, Anthony Kaldellis and Brian Long
    Part II. Sciences of the Word:
    6. Rhetoric and rhetorical theory Stratis Papaioannou
    7. Byzantine literary criticism and the classical heritage Manolis Bourbouhakis
    8. Theories of art Charles Barber
    9. Legal thought Bernard Stolte
    Part III. Sciences of the World:
    10. Conceptions of science in Byzantium Dominic O'Meara
    11. Astronomy Anne Tihon
    12. Astrology Paul Magdalino
    13. Magic and the occult sciences Richard Greenfield
    14. Alchemy Gerasimos Merianos
    15. Medical thought and practice Timothy S. Miller
    Part IV. Philosophy and Theology in Middle Byzantium:
    16. Philosophy and 'Byzantine philosophy' Dimitris Gutas and Niketas Siniossoglou
    17. The formation of the Patristic Tradition John A. McGuckin
    Section 1. Platonic Themes:
    18. The Byzantine reception of Neoplatonism Tuomo Lankila
    19. Platonism from Maximos the Confessor to the Palaiologan period Andrew Louth
    20. Fate, free choice, and divine providence from the Neoplatonists to John of Damascus Ken Parry
    Section 2. Aristotelian Themes:
    21. Logic in Byzantium Christophe Erismann
    22. The presence of Aristotle in Byzantine theology David Bradshaw
    23. Reading and commenting on Aristotle Michele Trizio
    Section 3. Individuals in Context:
    24. Maximos the Confessor Phil Booth
    25. John of Damascus' philosophy of the individual and the theology of icons Anna Zhyrkova
    26. Michael Psellos David Jenkins
    27. Trials of philosophers and theologians under the Komnenoi Michele Trizio
    Part V. Philosophy and Theology in Late Byzantium:
    28. Theological debates with the West, 1054–1300 Tia Kolbaba
    29. The Hesychast controversy Norman Russell
    30. Orthodox mystical theology and its intellectual roots Andrew Louth
    31. Kabbalah in Byzantium Moshe Idel
    32. Aquinas in Byzantium Marcus Plested
    33. Theology, philosophy, and politics at Ferrara-Florence Marie-Hélène Blanchet
    Part VI. Politics and History:
    34. Basileia: the idea of monarchy in Byzantium, 600–1200 Paul Magdalino
    35. Historiography as political debate Dimitris Krallis
    36. Theories of decline from Metochites to Ibn Khaldun Teresa Shawcross
    37. Plethon, Scholarios, and the late Byzantine state of emergency Niketas Siniossoglou
    38. The Byzantine legacy in early modern political thought Paschalis M. Kitromilides
    Bibliography
    Index of names
    Subject index.

  • Editors

    Anthony Kaldellis, Ohio State University
    Anthony Kaldellis is a Professor of Classics at Ohio State University and a leading scholar of Byzantium. He has published numerous translations, articles, and books, including The Byzantine Republic: People and Power in New Rome (2015), Ethnography after Antiquity (2013), The Christian Parthenon (2009), and Hellenism in Byzantium (2008).

    Niketas Siniossoglou, National Hellenic Research Foundation
    Niketas Siniossoglou is a Research Associate at the National Hellenic Research Foundation and is a historian of ancient and modern philosophy. His publications include Plato and Theodoret (2008), Radical Platonism in Byzantium (2011), and Ἀλλόκοτος Ἑλληνισμός: Δοκίμιο γιὰ τὴν ὁριακὴ ἐμπειρία τῶν ἰδεῶν (2016).

    Contributors

    Niketas Siniossoglou, Anthony Kaldellis, Jonathan Harris, Inmaculada Pérez Martín, Stephanos Efthymiades, Eleanor Dickey, Dimitris Gutas, Brian Long, Stratis Papaioannou, Manolis Bourbouhakis, Charles Barber, Bernard Stolte, Dominic O'Meara, Anne Tihon, Paul Magdalino, Richard Greenfield, Gerasimos Merianos, Timothy S. Miller, John A. McGuckin, Tuomo Lankila, Andrew Louth, Ken Parry, Christophe Erismann, David Bradshaw, Michele Trizio, Phil Booth, Anna Zhyrkova, David Jenkins, Tia Kolbaba, Norman Russell, Moshe Idel, Marcus Plested, Marie-Hélène Blanchet, Dimitris Krallis, Teresa Shawcross, Paschalis M. Kitromilides

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