Authors and Texts in Byzantium

Kazhdan, A. P.

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Synopsis: Professor Kazhdan's approach to the study of Byzantine texts is to see them as works created by humans, for humans and about humans, not as a system of imitative exercises on ancient or biblical topics and styles. When authors reused or adapted older models, he would ask why they did that and argues that in this opposition of traditional language and new content lies one of the keys to the understanding of Byzantine culture. This approach does not exclude the use of the texts as sources for what happened, and these articles demonstrate just how much can, with care, be extracted or deduced. However, his major aim has been to analyze the historical background, the social ideas and artistic approaches of Byzantine authors as revealed in what they wrote. These authors include literary figures, and there are studies of the intellectual culture of the later Empire, but the emphasis is more particularly on the often anonymous writers of saints lives and the 8th-10th centuries. The volume ends with a section of additional notes and references and a detailed index.

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Title: Authors and Texts in Byzantium
Publisher: Variorum
Publication Date: 1993
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Book Description Variorum, UK, 1993. Hardcover. Condition: New. First Edition. 336 Pages. Professor Kazhdan?s approach to the study of Byzantine texts is to see them as works created by humans, for humans and about humans, not as a system of imitative exercises on ancient or biblical topics and styles. When authors reused or adapted older models, he would ask why they did that and argues that in this opposition of traditional language and new content lies one of the keys to the understanding of Byzantine culture. This approach does not exclude the use of the texts as sources for what happened, and these articles demonstrate just how much can, with care, be extracted or deduced. However, his major aim has been to analyse the historical background, the social ideas and artistic approaches of Byzantine authors, as revealed in what they wrote. These authors include literary figures, and there are important studies on the intellectual culture of the later Empire, but the emphasis is more particularly on the often anonymous writers of saints lives and the 8th?10th centuries. The volume ends with an important section of additional notes and references and a detailed index. L?approche du professeur Kazhdan à l?à tude des textes byzantins est de les considà rer en tant qu?oeuvres crà es par des êtres humains, au sujet d?êtres humains et s?adressant à des êtres humains et non en tant que modes d?exercices sur des thà mes et des styles anciens ou bibliques. Lorsque des auteurs rà -adaptaient ou rà -utilisaient d?anciens modà les, le professeur Kazhdan n?a jamais manquà de questionner la chose et d?affirmer qu?il y existe, au travers de cette opposition du langage traditionnel à un nouveau contenu, une des clefs permettant de comprendre la culture byzantine. Ceci n?exclue pas l?utilisation des textes en tant que sources factuelles et ces articles dà montrent comment il est possible, avec soin, d?en extraire. Son propos a cependant à tà tout d?abord, d?analyser les contextes historiques, les idà es sociales et les approches artistiques des auteurs byzantins. Parmi ceux-ci se trouvent des personnages littà raires et il y a d?importantes à tudes sur la culture intellectuelle du Bas Empire; mais, l?accent est surtout mis sur les auteurs ? le plus souvent anonymes ? de vies des saints et sur la pà riode allant du 8e au 10e sià cle. Le volume se termine par une importante section de notes additionelles, ainsi qu?un index dà taillà . Contents: Foreword; Introduzione all?edizione italiana, Bizanzio e la sua civiltà ; Der Mensch in der byzantinischen Literaturgeschichte; Hagiographical notes (1?20, five parts); Post-hoc of two Byzantine miracles; Where, when and by whom was the Greek Barlaam and Ioasaph not written; Kosmas of Jerusalem: a more critical approach to his biography; Kosmas of Jerusalem: can we speak of his political views?; Some questions addressed to the scholars who believe in the authenticity of Kaminiates? ?Capture of Thessalonica?; Das System der Bilder und Metaphern in den Werken Symeons des ?Neuen? Theologen; Bemerkungen zu Niketas Eugenianos; The fate of the intellectual in Byzantium; L?histoire de Cantacuzà ne en tant qu?oeuvre littà raire; Addenda; Index. Book Description: Professor Kazhdan's approach to the study of Byzantine texts is to see them as works created by humans, for humans and about humans, not as a system of imitative exercises on ancient or biblical topics and styles. When authors reused or adapted older models, he would ask why they did that and argues that in this opposition of traditional language and new content lies one of the keys to the understanding of Byzantine culture. This approach does not exclude the use of the texts as sources for what happened, and these articles demonstrate just how much can, with care, be extracted or deduced. However, his major aim has been to analyze the historical background, the social ideas and artistic approaches of Byzantine authors as revealed in what they wrote. These authors include literary figures, and there are studies of the intellectual. Seller Inventory # X132-1142

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