Papers from the First and Second Postgraduate Forums in Byzantine Studies

Papers from the First and Second Postgraduate Forums in Byzantine Studies

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Sailing to Byzantium brings together ten probing and pertinent critical papers, presented at the First and Second Postgraduate Forums in Byzantine Studies, held at Trinity College Dublin on 17-18 April 2007 and 15-16 May 2008 respectively. These essays engage with various facets of Byzantine history and culture. Many of them seek to shed new light on frequently controversial subject matters relating to history, historiography, and religion (the contentious nature of Jerusalem in Byzantine imperial ideology; medieval Western attitudes and perceptions of the Byzantine Empire; and the translation and use of Greek theologians in the West). Elsewhere, there are papers that tackle aspects of Byzantine literature (Encyclopaedism; the circulation of poetry; and a case study of political rhetoric in Manuel IIa€™s Dialogue with the Empress-Mother on Marriage). Finally, history of art and cult come under the microscope in the last two essays of the volume (the meaning of the eight-century apsidal conch at Santa Maria Antiqua in Rome and the origins of the cult of Saint Martin in Dalmatia). Sailing to Byzantium is a provocative, wide-ranging collection and a must for students and academics who wish to broaden their understanding of one of historya€™s most fascinating civilizations.In October 2006 I conceived the idea of an international forum for postgraduate students and early-career researchers working in ... A conference to that effect, Sailing to Byzantium, was hosted by the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Trinity College Dublin, on 17-18 April 2007. ... the decision was made to publish in this volume a selected number of essays based on the conference papers.

Title:Papers from the First and Second Postgraduate Forums in Byzantine Studies
Author: Savvas Neocleous
Publisher:Cambridge Scholars Publishing - 2009-10-02

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