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The Reception of the Virgin in Byzantium: Marian Narratives in Texts and Images

by: Arentzen, Th. Cunningham, M.B.

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Category: New Books
Code: 25157
ISBN-13: 9781108476287 / 978-1-108-47628-7
ISBN-10: 1108476287 / 1-108-47628-7
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: 2019
Publication Place: Cambridge
Binding: Cloth
Pages: 359
Book Condition: New

This book explores how the Virgin Mary's life is told in hymns, sermons, icons, art, and other media in the Byzantine Empire before AD 1204. A group of international specialists examines material and textual evidence from both Byzantine and Muslim-ruled territories that was intended for a variety of settings and audiences and seeks to explain why Byzantine artisans and writers chose to tell stories about Mary, the Mother of God, in such different ways. Sometimes the variation reflected the theological or narrative purposes of story-tellers; sometimes it expressed their personal spiritual preoccupations. Above all, the variety of aspects that this holy figure assumed in Byzantium reveals her paradoxical theological position as meeting-place and mediator between the divine and created realms. Narrative, whether 'historical', theological, or purely literary, thus played a fundamental role in the development of the Marian cult from Late Antiquity onward.

Provides a new, interdisciplinary approach to the cult of the Virgin Mary in Byzantium focused on the narratives told about her in texts and in art
Discusses relatively unexplored topics such as hymnography, images, homiletics, and hagiography
Helps to explain the reception of earlier narratives (both scriptural and apocryphal) of the Virgin Mary in Byzantium during the Middle Byzantine period

Table of Contents
Introduction Thomas Arentzen and Mary B. Cunningham
Part I. Telling Visual Stories: The Virgin Mary in Art:
1. Embodied word: telling the story of Mary in early Christian art Maria Lidova
2. Female devotion and Mary's motherhood before iconoclasm Andrea Olsen Lam
3. The theological substance of St Anne's motherhood in Byzantine homilies and art Eirini Panou
4. Krater of nectar and altar of the Bread of Life: the Theotokos as provider of the Eucharist in Byzantine culture Maria Evangelatou
5. The Virgin at Daphni Leslie Brubaker
Part II. Song and Celebration: Festal Hymnography on the Theotokos:
6. The dialogue of Annunciation: Germanos of Constantinople versus Romanos the Melode Thomas Arentzen
7. Singing Mary: the Annunciation and Nativity in Romanos the Melode Georgia Frank
8. Mary and Adam on the threshold of Lent: counterpoint and intercession in a Kanon for Cheesefare Sunday Derek Krueger
9. The spiritual and material temple: Byzantine Kanon poetry for the Feast of the Entrance Damaskinos Olkinuora
Part III. Preaching Her Story: Narrative Discourse in Homiletics:
10. The Coptic homily on the Theotokos attributed to Cyril of Jerusalem: an aberrant and apologetic 'life' of the Virgin from Late Antiquity Stephen J. Shoemaker
11. Mary as 'scala caelestis' in eighth- and ninth-century Italy Francesca Dell'Acqua
12. Christological and ecclesiological narratives in early eighth-century Greek homilies on the Theotokos Evgenios Iverites
13. The homilies of James of Kokkinobaphos in their twelfth-century context Elizabeth Jeffreys
Part IV. New Narratives in the Middle Byzantine Period: Marian Hagiography:
14. The life of the Theotokos by Epiphanios of Kallistratos: a monastic approach to an apocryphal story Mary B. Cunningham
15. The story of an edition: Antoine Wenger and John Geometres' Life of the Virgin Mary Maximos Constas
Afterword Susan Ashbrook Harvey.

 
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The Reception of the Virgin in Byzantium: Marian Narratives in Texts and Images

by: Arentzen, Th. Cunningham, M.B.

  • ISBN-13: 9781108476287 / 978-1-108-47628-7
  • ISBN-03: 1108476287 / 1-108-47628-7
  • Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, 2019

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