People and Power in Byzantium

People and Power in Byzantium

An Introduction to Modern Byzantine Studies

By: Alexander Kazhdan, Giles Constable

Publication date: June 2020
ISBN: 9780884024613

This volume seeks to understand the distinctiveness of Byzantine culture and grasp the pressures that shaped Byzantine people, including not only powerful but also the poor, humble, and uneducated.

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In this introduction to modern Byzantine studies, Alexander Kazhdan seeks to understand the pressures that shaped Byzantine culture and people, including not only the powerful but also the poor, humble, and uneducated. Investigating the past in all its complexity and contradictions, the authors approaches homo byzantinus from various perspectives—position in society, relation to power, attitudes toward material environment, self-image, and image of God—to show what was distinctive about the people of the Byzantine Empire and their civilization. This volume challenges Byzantinists to ask new questions and introduce new methods and perspectives in order to understand how Byzantine society worked and how this understanding can help in appreciating the modern world.

Pages: 240
Language: English
Publisher: Dumbarton Oaks, Trustees for Harvard University
Edition: 1st Paper
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Alexander Kazhdan

Alexander Kazhdan was senior research associate at Dumbarton Oaks from 1979 until his death in 1997. His greatest English-language project, the three-volume Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium (1991), remains an indispensable point of departure for all areas of Byzantine studies.

Giles Constable

Giles Constable is Professor of Medieval History, Emeritus, in the School of Historical Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton.