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Reading in the Byzantine Empire and Beyond

Reading in the Byzantine Empire and Beyond

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Teresa Shawcross, Ida Toth, Marina Bazzani, Michael Angold, Judith R. Ryder, Paul Magdalino, Tassos Papacostas, Panagiotis Roilos, Jonathan Shepard, Niels Gaul, David M. Gwynn, Manolis S. Patedakis, Alessandra Bucossi, Peter Frankopan, Günter Prinzing, Ulrich Moennig, Dimitrios Skrekas, Liz James, Margaret Mullett, Maja Kominko, Tim Greenwood, James Howard-Johnston, Roderick Beaton, Fiona K. Haarer, John Duffy, Marjolijne C. Janssen, Marc D. Lauxtermann, Erich Trapp, Manolis Papathomopoulos, Elizabeth Jeffreys, Michael Jeffreys
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  • Publication planned for: August 2018
  • availability: Not yet published - available from August 2018
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108418416

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  • Offering a comprehensive introduction to the history of books, readers and reading in the Byzantine Empire and its sphere of influence, this volume addresses a paradox. Advanced literacy was rare among imperial citizens, being restricted by gender and class. Yet the state's economic, religious and political institutions insisted on the fundamental importance of the written record. Starting from the materiality of codices, documents and inscriptions, the volume's contributors draw attention to the evidence for a range of interactions with texts. They examine the role of authors, compilers and scribes. They look at practices such as the close perusal of texts in order to produce excerpts, notes, commentaries and editions. But they also analyse the social implications of the constant intersection of writing with both image and speech. Showcasing current methodological approaches, this collection of essays aims to place a discussion of Byzantium within the mainstream of medieval textual studies.

    • The first survey of the history of books, readers and reading in Byzantium to be published in English
    • Covers primary sources produced in many different genres, styles, languages and contexts and discusses a range of modern methodological approaches
    • Engages with wider scholarship on the history of the book and suggests future directions for the study of books, readers and texts in the post-Gutenberg age of the Internet
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    • Publication planned for: August 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108418416
    • dimensions: 228 x 152 mm
    • contains: 3 tables
    • availability: Not yet published - available from August 2018
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction to books, readers, and reading
    I. Byzantium: a bookish world Teresa Shawcross
    II. Modern encounters with Byzantine texts and their reading publics Ida Toth
    Part I. Love for the Written Word: Section 1. The Emotions of Reading:
    1. John Mauropous and the benefits of reading Marina Bazzani
    2. The autobiographies of the Patriarch Gennadios II Scholarios Michael Angold
    Section 2. Centre and Margins:
    3. The role of the speeches of John the Oxite in Komnenian court politics Judith R. Ryder
    4. The liturgical poetics of an elite religious confraternity Paul Magdalino
    5. Manuscript notes and the Black Death in rural Cyprus Tassos Papacostas
    Part II. Contact with a Living Culture: Section 3. The Power of Rhetoric:
    6. Ancient Greek rhetorical theory and Byzantine discursive politics: John Sikeliotes on Hermogenes Panagiotis Roilos
    7. Memoirs as manifesto: the rhetoric of Katakalon Kekaumenos Jonathan Shepard
    8. Performative reading in the late Byzantine theatron Niels Gaul
    Section 4. Religious Texts:
    9. The religious world of John Malalas David M. Gwynn
    10. Oikonomia in the hymns of Romanos the Melode Johannes Koder
    11. Quotation and allusion in Symeon the New Theologian Manolis S. Patedakis
    12. Scriptural citation in Andronikos Kamateros Alessandra Bucossi
    Section 5. Secular Texts:
    13. Aristocratic family narratives in twelfth-century Byzantium Peter Frankopan
    14. Historiography, epic and the textual transmission of imperial values: Liudprand's Antapodosis and Digenes Akrites Günter Prinzing
    15. Intertextuality in the Late Byzantine romance Tale of Troy Ulrich Moennig
    Part III. Communication and Influence: Section 6. Educational Practices:
    16. Late Byzantine school teaching through the iambic canons and their paraphrase Dimitrios Skrekas
    Section 7. Text and Image:
    17. Eros, literature and the Veroli Casket Liz James
    18. Object, text and performance in four Komnenian poems Margaret Mullett
    19. Textual and visual representations of the Antipodes from Byzantium and the Latin West Maja Kominko
    Section 8. Interlingual Circulation and Transmission:
    20. Basil I, Constantine VII and Armenian literary tradition in Byzantium Tim Greenwood
    21. Bilingual reading, the Alexiad and the Gesta Roberti Wiscardi James Howard-Johnston
    22. Transplanting culture: from Greek novel to medieval romance Roderick Beaton
    Part IV. Modern Reading as Textual Archaeology: Section 9. Traces of Authorship:
    23. Anonymous textual survivals from Late Antiquity Fiona K. Haarer
    24. Authorship and the Letters of Theodore Daphnopates John Duffy
    25. Authorship revisited: language and metre in the Ptochoprodromika Marjolijne C. Janssen and Marc D. Lauxtermann
    Section 10. Recovered Languages:
    26. The lexicon of horses' colours in learned and vernacular texts Erich Trapp
    27. Multilingualism and translation in the edition of vernacular texts Manolis Papathomopoulos
    Afterword: reading and hearing in Byzantium Elizabeth Jeffreys and Michael Jeffreys.

  • Editors

    Teresa Shawcross, Princeton University, New Jersey
    Teresa Shawcross is Associate Professor of History and Hellenic Studies at Princeton University, New Jersey. Interested in the pre-modern book, she has studied the materiality of manuscripts, the role of authors, translators and scribes, and the interplay between literacy and orality. Publications include: The Chronicle of Morea: Historiography in Crusader Greece (2009).

    Ida Toth, University of Oxford
    Ida Toth is Senior Instructor and Lecturer, and Research Fellow at University of Oxford. She convenes graduate courses in Medieval Latin, Byzantine Greek, and Byzantine Epigraphy. She has published on inscriptional culture and court rhetoric, and on the transmission of the Life of Aesop and the Book of Syntipas the Philosopher.

    Contributors

    Teresa Shawcross, Ida Toth, Marina Bazzani, Michael Angold, Judith R. Ryder, Paul Magdalino, Tassos Papacostas, Panagiotis Roilos, Jonathan Shepard, Niels Gaul, David M. Gwynn, Manolis S. Patedakis, Alessandra Bucossi, Peter Frankopan, Günter Prinzing, Ulrich Moennig, Dimitrios Skrekas, Liz James, Margaret Mullett, Maja Kominko, Tim Greenwood, James Howard-Johnston, Roderick Beaton, Fiona K. Haarer, John Duffy, Marjolijne C. Janssen, Marc D. Lauxtermann, Erich Trapp, Manolis Papathomopoulos, Elizabeth Jeffreys, Michael Jeffreys

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