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Byzantine court culture from 829 to 1204

Maguire, Henry,; 1943- ; Dumbarton Oaks

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ISBN 10: 0884023087 / ISBN 13: 9780884023081
Published by Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, D.C., 1997
Condition: very fine Soft cover
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Quarto in gold paper boards; x, 264 p., [103] p. of plates : ill., plans ; 26 cm. Includes bibliographic references and index. Surprisingly scarce. // Chiefly English; one paper in French; Imperial spaces -- Imperial costumes and cult objects -- Interchanges with foreign courts -- Court intellectuals and rhetoric -- Social composition of the Byzantine court -- Art of the Byzantine court. || Civilization, Medieval -- Congresses; Byzantine Empire -- Civilization -- Congresses; Byzantine Empire -- Court and courtiers -- History; Byzantine Empire -- Foreign relations; Originally published in 1997; Papers from a symposium held in April, 1994. A bright clean copy, light rubbing to rear top corner, else in very fine & crisp condition. As new. Bookseller Inventory # 83147

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Title: Byzantine court culture from 829 to 1204

Publisher: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, D.C.

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition: very fine

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The imperial court in Constantinople has been central to the outsider's vision of Byzantium. However, in spite of its fame in literature and scholarship, there have been few attempts to analyze the Byzantine court in its entirety as a phenomenon. The studies in this volume aim to provide a unified composition by presenting Byzantine courtly life in all its interconnected facets.

One important theme that unites these studies is the attention paid to describing the effects of a change in the social makeup of the court during this period and the reflection of these changes in art and architecture. These changes in social composition, mentality, and material culture of the court demonstrate that, as in so many other aspects of Byzantine civilization, the image of permanence and immutability projected by the forms of palace life was more apparent than real. As this new work shows, behind the golden facade of ceremony, rhetoric, and art, there was constant development and renewal.

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Henry Maguire is a former Director of Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks and Professor of Art History at Johns Hopkins University.

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