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Late Antiquity, Patristics and Byzantine 2012


Late Antiquity, Patristics and Byzantine

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The Blessing of Waters and Epiphany

The Eastern Liturgical Tradition
Nicholas E. Denysenko, Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, USA
Liturgy, Worship and Society Series

Christians, Gnostics and Philosophers in Late Antiquity

Mark Edwards, Christ Church, Oxford, UK
Variorum Collected Studies Series

One of the finest recent examples of the craft of liturgical theology historical sources grounding theological insights which have deep resonances for the contemporary church. Kevin W. Irwin, The Catholic University of America, USA This book examines the historical development of the blessing of waters and its theology in the East, with an emphasis on the Byzantine tradition. Exploring how Eastern Christians have sought these waters as a source of healing, purification and communion with God, Denysenko unpacks their euchology and ritual context. Denysenko presents an alternative framework for understanding the activity of the Trinity, enabling readers to encounter a vision of how participants encounter God in and after ritual. This is informative for contemporary theologians, historians, pastors and students.
August 2012 Hardback ebook 256 pages 978-1-4094-4078-9 978-1-4094-4079-6 55.00

Gnosticism, Christianity and late antique philosophy are often studied separately; when studied together they are too often conflated. These articles set out to show that we misunderstand all three phenomena if we take either approach. We cannot interpret, or even identify, Christian Gnosticism without Platonic evidence; we may even discover that Gnosticism throws unexpected light on the Platonic imagination. At the same time, if we read writers like Origen simply as Christian Platonists, or bring Christians and philosophers together under the porous umbrella of monotheism, we ignore fundamental features of both traditions.
September 2012 Hardback 330 pages 978-1-4094-4822-8 80.00

Christs Resurrection in Early Christianity

and the Making of the New Testament
Markus Vinzent, Kings College London, UK

A Yankee Book Peddler US Core Title for 2011

Cassians Conferences
Scriptural Interpretation and the Monastic Ideal
Christopher J Kelly, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, USA
New Critical Thinking in Religion, Theology and Biblical Studies

This book explores Cassians use of scripture in the Conferences, especially its biblical models, to convey his understanding of the desert ideal to the monastic communities of Gaul. This book demonstrates how the scriptures functioned as a dynamic force in the lives of Christians, emphasizes the importance of Cassian in the development of the Western monastic tradition, and offers an alternative to the sometimes problematic descriptions of patristic exegesis as allegory or typology.
February 2012 148 pages Hardback 978-1-4094-0559-7 ebook 978-1-4094-0560-3 45.00

This is the first Patristic book to focus on the development of the belief in the Resurrection of Christ through the first centuries A.D. By Paul, Christs Resurrection is regarded as the basis of Christian hope. In the fourth century it becomes a central Christian tenet. But what about the discrepancy in the first three centuries? Vinzent offers an eye-opening experience with insights into the craftsmanship of early Christianity the earliest existential debates about life and death, death and life all centred on the cross, on suffering, enduring and sacrifice.
August 2011 Paperback Hardback ebook 282 pages 978-1-4094-1792-7 978-1-4094-1791-0 978-1-4094-1793-4 19.99 60.00


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Clothed in the Body

Asceticism, the Body and the Spiritual in the Late Antique Era
Hannah Hunt, Leeds Trinity University College, UK
Ashgate Studies in Philosophy & Theology in Late Antiquity

Herbs and Healers from the Ancient Mediterranean through the Medieval West
Essays in Honor of John M. Riddle
Edited by Anne Van Arsdall and Timothy Graham, both at the University of New Mexico, USA
Medicine in the Medieval Mediterranean

This book explores religious anthropology and asceticism from its biblical and desert roots and within eastern patristic writers including Ephrem, Pseudo-Macarius and Climacus. Hunt examines the apparent paradox that Jesus earthly existence and post resurrection appearances are experienced through consummately physical actions and attributes yet some ascetics within the Christian tradition appear to seek to deny the value of the human body, to find it deadening of spiritual life.
July 2012 Hardback ebook 250 pages 978-1-4094-0914-4 978-1-4094-0915-1 55.00

Herbs and Healers from the Ancient Mediterranean through the Medieval West brings together eleven papers by leading scholars in ancient and medieval medicine and pharmacy, honouring John M. Riddle, a pioneer of the study of early medicine. The volumes scope demonstrates the breadth of current research in the field, examining both practical medical arts and medical theory from the ancient world into early modern times. It includes new findings about known and anonymous ancient healers, and outlines a cutting-edge Internet-based system for ongoing academic collaboration.
Includes 8 b&w illustrations July 2012 Hardback ebook 394 pages 978-1-4094-0038-7 978-1-4094-4723-8 70.00

Cult, Ritual, Divinity and Belief in the Roman World

Duncan Fishwick, University of Alberta, Canada

Variorum Collected Studies Series

The papers in this selection of studies range in subject matter from early Judaic magic to an inscribed monument of the Neo-Classical period. The principal emphasis of the collection is nevertheless on religious developments under the High Roman Empire: problems arising from the interpretation of oriental cults imported from the Hellenistic East but primarily the development of imperial cult, the one universal religion of the empire before the coming of Christianity.
Includes 18 b&w illustrations March 2012 Hardback 338 pages 978-1-4094-3686-7 85.00

Interpreting the Bible and Aristotle in Late Antiquity

The Alexandrian Commentary Tradition between Rome and Baghdad
Edited by Josef Lssl and John W. Watt, both at Cardiff University, UK This book brings together sixteen studies by international scholars on the origins and early development of the Latin and Syriac biblical and philosophical commentary traditions. With its breadth and ground-breaking originality, this volume is an indispensable resource not only for specialists, but also for all students and scholars interested in lateantique intellectual history, especially the practice of teaching and studying philosophy, the philosophical exegesis of the Bible, and the role of commentary in the post-Hellenistic world as far as the classical renaissance in Islam.
Includes 2 b&w illustrations November 2011 Hardback ebook 360 pages 978-1-4094-1007-2 978-1-4094-1008-9 70.00

Exegesis and Theology in Early Christianity

Frances Young, University of Birmingham, UK
Variorum Collected Studies Series

This collection of articles brings together a number of working papers which were significant in the development of Frances Youngs understanding of patristic exegesis, studies not included in her groundbreaking book, Biblical Exegesis and the Formation of Christian Culture (1997). Also included is a selection of papers on theology, church order and methodology, which combined with the former demonstrates the authors scholarly approach to patristic material.
Includes 20 previously published essays September 2012 Hardback 334 pages 978-1-4094-4781-8 80.00

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The Platonic Heritage

Further Studies in the History of Platonism and Early Christianity
John Dillon, Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland
Variorum Collected Studies Series

Reuse Value
Spolia and Appropriation in Art and Architecture from Constantine to Sherrie Levine
Edited by Richard Brilliant, Columbia University, USA and Dale Kinney, Bryn Mawr College, USA This book offers a range of views on spolia and appropriation in art and architecture from fourthcentury Rome to the late twentieth-century. Using case studies from different historical moments and cultures, contributors test the limits of spolia as a critical category and seek to define its specific character in relation to other forms of artistic appropriation. Several authors explore the ethical issues raised by spoliation and their implications for the evaluation and interpretation of new work made with spolia.
Includes 39 b&w illustrations November 2011 Hardback ebook 284 pages 978-1-4094-2422-2 978-1-4094-3518-1 65.00

In this third collection of articles by John Dillon, the subjects covered range from Plato himself and the Old Academy, through Philo and Middle Platonism, to the Neoplatonists and beyond. Individual topics include atomism in the Old Academy, Philos concept of immateriality, Plutarchs and Julians views on theology, and peculiar features of Iamblichus exegeses of Plato and Aristotle, but also the broader questions of the social position of the philosopher in second century A.D. society, and the nature of ancient biography.
June 2012 Hardback 332 pages 978-1-4094-4662-0 85.00

Plotinus, Porphyry and Iamblichus

Philosophy and Religion in Neoplatonism
Andrew Smith, University College Dublin, Ireland
Variorum Collected Studies Series

Shifting Cultural Frontiers in Late Antiquity

Edited by David Brakke, Deborah M. Deliyannis and Edward Watts, all at Indiana University, Bloomington, USA Shifting Cultural Frontiers in Late Antiquity explores the transformation of classical culture in late antiquity by studying cultures at the borders-the borders of empires, of social classes, of public and private spaces, of literary genres, of linguistic communities, and of the modern disciplines that study antiquity. Although canonical figures of late ancient studies appear in its pages, by looking away from the core and toward the periphery, whether spatially or intellectually, the volume offers fresh insights into how ancient patterns of thinking and creating became reconfigured into the diverse cultures of the medieval.
Includes 28 b&w illustrations and maps June 2012 Hardback 298 pages 978-1-4094-4149-6 65.00

These essays are devoted to Neoplatonism and especially to Plotinus and Porphyry. They deal with Plotinus development of the Platonic Forms, and include a lengthy assessment of Porphyrys contribution to the Platonic tradition. Topics covered include the importance of practical ethical activity, Plotinus speculations on time and eternity as well as his observations on human consciousness. A closer examination of the role of religion, magic and myth in the life of the philosopher reveals a much richer and more nuanced appreciation of their importance and highlights the contribution of Iamblichus.
January 2012 Hardback 356 pages 978-1-4094-2168-9 85.00


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The Spirit of Augustines Early Theology

Contextualizing Augustines Pneumatology
Chad Tyler Gerber, Walsh University, USA
Ashgate Studies in Philosophy & Theology in Late Antiquity

Truthfulness, Realism, Historicity

A Study in Late Antique Spiritual Literature
Peter Turner The subject of this book is a wide range of spiritual narrative texts from the third to the sixth centuries A.D.: pagan philosophical biographies, Greek and Latin Christian saints lives, and autobiographical works by authors such as Julian and Augustine. Unlike traditional readings which seek in these works historical facts, or religious and intellectual attitudes, this book argues that contemporary reality can be found in the interplay between these two types of information. Any historical reality we derive from such works must be seen in terms of the writers commitment to realism as it would have been understood within a Platonic and/or Christian world view.
June 2012 Hardback ebook 228 pages 978-0-7546-6954-8 978-0-7546-9715-2 65.00

This book-length study of Augustines pneumatology examines his earliest extant writings, penned during the years surrounding his famed return to the Catholic Church and the height of his efforts to synthesize Catholic theology. Careful analysis of these initial texts casts fresh light upon Augustines more mature and well-known theology of the Holy Spirit while also illuminating ongoing discussions about his early thought.
February 2012 Hardback ebook 234 pages 978-1-4094-2437-6 978-1-4094-2438-3 50.00

Studies on the Melitian Schism in Egypt (AD 306335)

Hans Hauben, University of Leuven, Belgium, and Peter Van Nuffelen, University of Ghent, Belgium

Vrbes Extinctae
Archaeologies of Abandoned Classical Towns
Edited by Neil Christie, University of Leicester, UK and Andrea Augenti, Ravenna-Bologna University, Italy The essays in this collection consider specific examples and case studies of lost classical cities from across the many Roman provinces in order to help understand why some failed and were subsequently abandoned. Bringing together archaeologists from Britain, Spain, Italy and Hungary to share views on and findings from excavations and surveys of failed towns, this volume has much to offer scholars of Roman, late antique and early medieval archaeology, urban scholars and ancient historians.
Includes 106 b&w and 32 colour illustrations. December 2012 Hardback 360 pages 978-0-7546-6562-5 70.00

Variorum Collected Studies Series

This collection of essays by Hans Hauben focuses on the earliest phase of the Melitian schism, from the Diocletianic persecution to the Synod of Tyre (335). It elucidates the chronology of the schism, the impact of the Council of Nicaea, the internal organisation of the parallel church, and the tensions in Alexandria caused by its repression, as well as interpretative problems posed by the sources. The papers constitute an in-depth assessment of the causes, development and meaning of the Melitian schism, and together with additional, related studies also included in the volume they paint a rich picture of early Christian society.
July 2012 Hardback 294 pages 978-1-4094-3942-4 80.00

Image, Word and God in the Early Christian Centuries

Mark Edwards, University of Oxford, UK
Ashgate Studies in Philosophy & Theology in Late Antiquity

Dreams, Healing, and Medicine in Greece

From Antiquity to the Present
Edited by Steven M. Oberhelman, Texas A&M University, USA
March 2013 Hardback ebook 290 pages 978-1-4094-2423-9 978-1-4094-2424-6 65.00

January 2013 Paperback Hardback ebook

224 pages 978-1-4094-0671-6 978-1-4094-0645-7 978-1-4094-0646-4

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The Formation of the Classical Islamic World Series

The Formation of the Classical Islamic World

Founding editor: Lawrence I. Conrad, formerly University of Hamburg, Germany The Formation of the Classical Islamic World is a library reference collection that makes available the most important articles and research papers in its subject. International scholars representing a whole range of methodologies and disciplines, have joined to collaborate on what is the most ambitious endeavour of its kind in the modern study of Islam. By reprinting material from a wide range of sources that are traditionally difficult to find, this series constitutes a major new resource for libraries. All articles not previously published in English have been specially translated for this series, and each contains a specially-written introduction to the subject, a bibliographical guide and an index. The collection is planned to consist of 48 thematically ordered volumes. The articles are selected not only for their current role in breaking new ground, but also for their place as seminal contributions to the formation of the field, and their utility in providing access to the subject for students and specialists in other fields.

Education and Learning in the Early Islamic World

Edited by Claude Gilliot, Universit de Provence, France Studying education and learning in the formative period of Islam is not immediately easy. Most sources are from a later period, and frequently project the assumptions and conditions of their own day on to the earlier period. The studies in this volume have been selected for the critical approaches and methods of their authors, and are arranged under five headings: the pedagogical tradition; scholarship and attestation; orality and literacy; authorship and transmission; and libraries. Together with the editors introductory essay, they present a broad picture of the beginnings and evolution of education and learning in the Islamic world.
August 2012 Hardback 500 pages 978-0-86078-717-4 100.00

Late Antiquity on the Eve of Islam

Edited by Averil Cameron, Keble College Oxford, UK This volume reflects the huge upsurge of interest in the Near East and early Islam currently taking place among historians of late antiquity. At the same time, Islamicists and Quranic scholars are also increasingly seeking to place the life of Muhammad and the Quran in a late antique background. Averil Cameron, herself one of the leading scholars of late antiquity and Byzantium, has chosen eleven key articles that together give a rounded picture of the most important trends in late antique scholarship over the last decades, and provide a coherent context for the emergence of the new religion. A substantial introduction, with a detailed bibliography, surveys the present state of the field, as well as discussing some recent themes in Quranic and early Islamic scholarship from the point of view of a late antique historian.
April 2013 Hardback 400 pages 978-1-4094-0070-7 100.00

The Articulation of Early Islamic State Structures

Edited by Fred M. Donner, University of Chicago, USA This volume reprints nineteen articles that deal with the formation of the first Islamic state under the rightly-guided and Umayyad caliphs (632-750 CE). The articles (five of which originally appeared in languages other than English and are translated here) trace the crystalization of key institutions of the growing empire and treat such fundamental issues as taxation, military institutions, administrative organization and practices, the barid or official courier and intelligence service, succession, the ruling elites and their income, and questions of legitimation. The volume includes an introduction by the editor that offers an overview of the processes involved and helps place each article in its proper context. It also offers an extensive bibliography of further works relevant to the theme of the volume.
February 2012 Hardback 468 pages 978-0-86078-721-1 100.00


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The Worlds of Eastern Christianity, 3001500 Series

The Worlds of Eastern Christianity, 3001500

Series editors: Robert Hoyland, Oxford University, UK and Arietta Papaconstantinou, University of Reading, UK Eastern Christian studies have traditionally been oriented towards text collection and edition, with a heavily theological approach. Scholarly production on the subject, though abundant, suffers from fragmentation and compartmentalization across disciplines, with a lamentable lack of integrated and comparative studies. This series aims to promote a more holistic and inter-disciplinary approach towards the history of the East Christian communities of the Byzantine, Iranian and Islamic worlds during the period 300-1500. It has two parts: the first presenting each of the East Christian cultural and linguistic communities in turn; the second focusing on a number of themes that cut across usual cultural, confessional and linguistic divides. Each volume brings together the most influential articles on the given topic and will open with an introduction by a leading expert in the field who will discuss the key aspects and debates and try to frame new questions and directions for future research. It is intended that they will act as a stimulus for new research into Eastern Christianity and as such they will be essential reading for all students and academics of Late Antiquity, Byzantium, Islam and Western Christendom.

Languages and Cultures of Eastern Christianity: Ethiopian

Edited by Alessandro Bausi, University of Hamburg, Germany This volume brings together a set of contributions, many appearing in English for the first time, together with a new introduction, covering the history of the Ethiopian Christian civilization in its formative period (300-1500 AD). Rooted in the late antique kingdom of Aksum (present day Northern Ethiopia and Eritrea), and lying between Byzantium, Africa and the Near East, this civilization is presented in a series of case studies. At a time when philological and linguistic investigations are being challenged by new approaches in Ethiopian studies, this volume emphasizes the necessity of basic research, while avoiding the reduction of cultural questions to matters of fact and detail.
June 2012 Hardback 480 pages 978-0-7546-6997-5 125.00

Languages and Cultures of Eastern Christianity: Georgian

Edited by Stephen H. Rapp, Jr, Sam Houston State University, Texas and Paul Crego, Library of Congress, USA This volume brings together a set of key studies on the history and culture of Christian Georgia, along with a substantial new introduction. The opening section sets the regional context, in relation to the Byzantine empire in particular, while subsequent parts deal with the conversion and christianization of the country, the making of a national church and the development of a historical identity.
October 2012 Hardback 450 pages 978-0-7546-5986-0 110.00

Doctrine and Debate in the East Christian World, 3001500

Edited by Averil Cameron, Keble College, Oxford, UK and Robert Hoyland, Oxford University, UK This volume presents an introduction to, and a selection of the key studies on, the ways in which and means by which the different Eastern Christianities debated with one another and with their competitors: pagans, Jews, Muslims and Latin Christians. It also includes the iconoclast controversy, which divided parts of the East Christian world in the seventh to ninth centuries, and devotes space both to the methodological tools that evolved in the process of debate and the promulgation of doctrine, and to the literary genres through which the debates were expressed.
December 2011 Hardback 470 pages 978-1-4094-0034-9 100.00

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Approaches to Byzantine Architecture and its Decoration

Studies in Honor of Slobodan Curcic
Edited by Mark J. Johnson, Brigham Young University, USA, Robert Ousterhout, University of Pennsylvania, USA and Amy Papalexandrou, University of Texas at Austin, USA The fourteen essays in this collection demonstrate a wide variety of approaches to the study of Byzantine architecture, a reflection of both newer trends and traditional scholarship in the field. Three papers examine Early Christian monuments, two of which expand the inquiry into their architectural afterlives. Others discuss later monuments in Byzantine territory and monuments in territories related to Byzantium such as Serbia, Armenia, and Norman Italy. No Orthodox Church being complete without interior decoration, two papers discuss issues connected to frescoes in late medieval Balkan churches. Finally, one study investigates the continued influence of Byzantine palace architecture long after the fall of Constantinople.
Includes 109 b&w illustrations January 2012 Hardback 330 pages 978-1-4094-2740-7 70.00

Byzantine Chronicles and the Sixth Century

Roger Scott, University of Melbourne, Australia
Variorum Collected Studies Series

Byzantine chronicles have traditionally been regarded as a somewhat inferior form of Byzantine history writing, especially in comparison with classicizing historians. The aim of these papers is both to rescue the reputation of the Byzantine chroniclers, especially Malalas and Theophanes, and to provide examples of how such chroniclers can be exploited not only to reveal aspects of the past itself, but also of how the Byzantines interpreted their own past, including on occasions rewriting that past to suit contemporary needs. By considering more general aspects of the place of history-writing in Byzantine culture, the papers also explain why history remained such an important aspect of Byzantine culture.
August 2012 Hardback 348 pages 978-1-4094-4110-6 85.00

Byzantium and the Other: Relations and Exchanges

Angeliki E. Laiou, formerly Harvard University, USA
Variorum Collected Studies Series

The Ashgate Research Companion to Byzantine Hagiography

Volume I: Periods and Places
Edited by Stephanos Efthymiadis, Open University of Cyprus This Companion is the work of an international team of specialists and represents the first comprehensive survey ever produced in the field of Byzantine Hagiography. It will consist of two volumes and is addressed to both a broader public and the scholarly community of Byzantinists, Medievalists, historians of religion and theorists of the narrative. The present volume covers, first, the authors and texts of the four distinctive periods during which Greek Byzantine hagiography developed, and then the hagiography produced in Oriental and Slavic languages and in geographical milieux around the periphery of the empire, from Italy to Armenia. The second volume to follow will deal with questions of genres and the social and other contexts of Byzantine hagiography.
Includes 4 maps & 14 commissioned essays December 2011 Hardback ebook 464 pages 978-0-7546-5033-1 978-1-4094-0724-9 85.00

Angeliki Laiou (1941-2008), one of the leading Byzantinists of her generation, broke new ground in the study of the social and economic history of the Byzantine Empire. Byzantium and the Other: Relations and Exchanges, the second of three volumes to be published posthumously in the Variorum Collected Studies Series, brings together studies that reflect her enduring interest in Byzantiums political, ideological, and commercial relations with its neighbours. The articles examine Byzantine attitudes to foreigners and strangers within the empire, the response to the Crusades and, more generally, to questions of justice in the spheres of conflict and colonization, and political and commercial relations with other regional and Mediterranean powers, in particular Venice and Genoa.
September 2012 Hardback 340 pages 978-1-4094-3206-7 85.00


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The Celebration of the Saints in Byzantine Art and Liturgy

Nancy Patterson evenko
Variorum Collected Studies Series

The Cult of the Mother of God in Byzantium

Texts and Images
Edited by Leslie Brubaker, University of Birmingham and Mary B. Cunningham, The University of Nottingham, UK
Birmingham Byzantine and Ottoman Studies

The studies in this volume all deal with images and texts that relate to the veneration of the saints in Byzantium after the 9th century. Some papers are devoted to the church calendar and the annual commemorations of hundreds of saints through liturgical poetry and sequences of isolated images in fresco, icon painting and illuminated manuscripts. Others are concerned with the longer and rarer, narrative cycles devoted to the life of a single saint, cycles found mainly in fresco and on the so-called vita icons that first appear in the East in the late 12th century. Additional studies deal with the developing role of icons in liturgical ceremonies, and with images of a saint being approached by a supplicant or patron. A final section is devoted to places made holy by the saints, and to their holy relics.
Includes 190 b&w illustrations November 2012 Hardback 384 pages 978-1-4094-1160-4 100.00

This is a rich collection with a multiplicity of approaches Elizabeth Jeffreys, Anglo-Hellenic Review This volume, on the cult of the Theotokos (Virgin Mary) in Byzantium, focuses on textual and historical aspects of the subject, thus complementing previous work which has centered more on the cult of images of the Mother of God. This international cast of scholars, consider the development and transformation of the cult from approximately the fourth through the twelfth centuries. The aim of this volume is to build on recent work on the cult of the Virgin Mary in Byzantium and to explore new areas of study. The rationale is critical and historical, using literary, artistic, and archaeological sources to evaluate her role in the development of the Byzantine understanding of the ways in which God interacts with creation by means of icons, relics and the Theotokos.
Includes 32 colour and 9 b&w illustrations August 2011 Hardback 328 pages 978-0-7546-6266-2 65.00

Constantine of Rhodes, On Constantinople and the Church of the Holy Apostles

With a new edition of the Greek text by Ioannis Vassis Edited by Liz James, University of Sussex, UK Constantine of Rhodess tenth-century poem is an account of public monuments in Constantinople and of the Church of the Holy Apostles. On one level, the poem offers an account of what was visible but it cannot be read as a straightforward description. Rather, Constantines work offers insights into Byzantine perceptions of works of art. This book supersedes the two previous editions of the poem, both dating to 1896, and provides the first full translation of the text. It consists of a new Greek edition of Constantines poem, with an introductory essay, prepared by Ioannis Vassis, and a translation and commentary by a group of scholars headed by Liz James. Liz James also contributes an extensive discussion of the two distinct parts of the poem, the city monuments and the Church of the Holy Apostles.
November 2012 Hardback ebook 230 pages 978-1-4094-3167-1 978-1-4094-3168-8 60.00

The Hypotyposis of the Monastery of the Theotokos Evergetis, Constantinople (11th12th Centuries)
Introduction, Translation and Commentary
R.H. Jordan, formerly Institute of Byzantine Studies, Queens University of Belfast, UK and Rosemary Morris, University of York, UK This book forms part of the Evergetis Project, which aims to investigate all surviving texts associated with the Theotokos Evergetis Monastery near Constantinople (founded 1049). Together with an English translation of the Hypotyposis (foundation document) of the Monastery, it provides a full commentary and a book-length introduction dealing with the historical significance of the house and its important place in the development of medieval Orthodox monasticism.
March 2012 Hardback ebook 330 pages 978-1-4094-3687-4 978-1-4094-3688-1 65.00

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Poetry and its Contexts in Eleventh-century Byzantium

Edited by Kristoffel Demoen and Floris Bernard, both at Ghent University, Belgium Byzantine poetry of the eleventh century is fascinating, yet underexplored terrain. This book, the first collaborative book-length study on the topic, takes an important step to fill this gap. It brings together specialists of the period who delve into this poetry with different but complementary objectives in mind, covering the links between art and text, linguistic evolutions, social functionality, contemporary reading attitudes, and the like. The authors aim to give the production of 11th-century verse a place in the Byzantine genre system and in the historic evolution of Byzantine poetry and metrics. As a result, this book will, to use the expression of two important poets of the period, offer a small taste of what can be gained from the serious study of this period.
April 2012 Hardback ebook 256 pages 978-1-4094-4071-0 978-1-4094-4072-7 65.00

Coinage and Coin Use in Medieval Italy

Alessia Rovelli, Universit degli Studi della Tuscia, Italy
Variorum Collected Studies Series

January 2013 Hardback

384 pages 978-1-4094-4504-3


Authority in Byzantium
Edited by Pamela Armstrong, Oxford University and Oxford Byzantine Ceramics Project, UK
Publications of the Centre for Hellenic Studies, Kings College London

February 2013 Hardback

360 pages 978-1-4094-3608-9


Icons in Time, Persons in Eternity

Orthodox Theology and the Aesthetics of the Christian Image
Cornelia A. Tsakiridou, La Salle University, USA
February 2013 Hardback ebook 350 pages 978-1-4094-4767-2 978-1-4094-5273-7 65.00

Visions of Community in the Post-Roman World

The West, Byzantium and the Islamic World, 3001100
Edited by Walter Pohl, University of Vienna, Austria, Clemens Gantner, Institut fr Mittelalterforschung, sterreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Austria and Richard Payne, Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, USA This volume looks at visions of community in a comparative perspective, from Late Antiquity to the dawning of the age of crusades. It addresses the question of why and how distinctive new political cultures developed after the disintegration of the Roman World, and to what degree their differences had already emerged in the first post-Roman centuries. The Latin West, Orthodox Byzantium and its Slavic periphery, and the Islamic world each retained different parts of the Graeco-Roman heritage, while introducing new elements. For instance, ethnicity became a legitimizing element of rulership in the West, remained a structural element of the imperial periphery in Byzantium, and contributed to the inner dynamic of Islamic states without becoming a resource of political integration. Similarly, the political role of religion also differed between the emerging post-Roman worlds. Anybody interested in the development of the postRoman Mediterranean, but also in the relationship between the Islamic World and the West, will gain new insights from these studies on the political role of ethnicity and religion in the post-Roman Mediterranean.
Includes 13 b&w illustrations June 2012 Hardback ebook 588 pages 978-1-4094-2709-4 978-1-4094-2710-0 85.00


Byzantine Art and Renaissance Europe

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Late Antiquity, Patristics and Byzantine 2012


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