Byzantium in the Iconoclast Era (ca 680850): The Sources: An Annotated Survey

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  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2001-09-28
  • Publisher: Routledge

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Iconoclasm, the debate about the legitimacy of religious art that began in Byzantium around 730 and continued for nearly 120 years, has long held a firm grip on the historical imagination. Byzantium in the Iconoclast Era is the first book in English to survey the original sources crucial for a modern understanding of this most elusive and fascinating period in medieval history. It is also the first book in any language to cover both the written and the visual evidence from this period, a combination of particular importance to the iconoclasm debate. The authors, an art historian and a historian who both specialise in the period, have worked together to provide a comprehensive overview of the visual and the written materials that together help clarify the complex issues of iconoclasm in Byzantium.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgmentsp. vii
Abbreviations and Frequently Cited Worksp. viii
Illustrationsp. xviii
Introductionp. xxii
Material Culture
The Architecture of Iconoclasmp. 3
Mosaics and Frescoes
Beyond the Empire: The Christian Monuments of Syria and Palestine
Manuscriptsp. 37
Dated Greek Manuscripts, 700-850
Undated Greek Manuscripts with Decoration
Documentary Evidence: Polemical Pamphlets?
Iconsp. 55
The Evidence from Mount Sinai
The Icons
Icons of Questionable Association with Iconoclasm
The Evidence from Texts
Sculpture (Non-Architectural)p. 75
Sculpture in the Round: Textual Evidence
Textilesp. 80
Silks Known from Written Evidence
Preserved Representational Byzantine Silks
Metalworkp. 109
Coins and Numismaticsp. 116
Coins and the Economy
Coins: The Material Evidence
Sigillographyp. 129
Seals and their Value
Seals: The Material Evidence
Epigraphyp. 141
Archaeologyp. 146
Historical Geographyp. 159
The Written Sources
Historiography and Chronographyp. 165
Byzantine Texts
Historical and Chronicle Literature in Other Languages
Hagiography and Related Writingp. 199
Hagiography: Sources and Genre
Individual Lives
Acts of Ecclesiastical Councilsp. 233
Theological and Polemical Writings: Letters, Treatises, Homiletic Literature, Hymnographyp. 243
Individual Texts and Authors
Other Individual Writers
Anonymous Works
Anti-Jewish and Anti-Heretical Writings
Apocalyptic Writing
Lettersp. 276
Legal Texts and Literaturep. 286
Records, Official and Unofficial Documents, Works of Referencep. 294
State Documents
Military Treatises
Notitiae Episcopatuum
Itineraries and 'Geographical' Literature
Lexicographical and Bibliographical Literature
Non-Liturgical Verse and Epigrammatic Literaturep. 305
Indexp. 309
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