The World of Kosmas

The World of Kosmas

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  • Author: Maja Kominko
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1107020883
  • Category : History
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 381

New study of the Christian Topography, a sixth-century illustrated treatise, and its intellectual milieu.


Cosmos and Community in Early Medieval Art

Cosmos and Community in Early Medieval Art

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  • Author: Benjamin Anderson
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • ISBN: 030022849X
  • Category : Art
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 216

In the rapidly changing world of the early Middle Ages, depictions of the cosmos represented a consistent point of reference across the three dominant states—the Frankish, Byzantine, and Islamic Empires. As these empires diverged from their Greco-Roman roots between 700 and 1000 A.D. and established distinctive medieval artistic traditions, cosmic imagery created a web of visual continuity, though local meanings of these images varied greatly. Benjamin Anderson uses thrones, tables, mantles, frescoes, and manuscripts to show how cosmological motifs informed relationships between individuals, especially the ruling elite, and communities, demonstrating how domestic and global politics informed the production and reception of these depictions. The first book to consider such imagery across the dramatically diverse cultures of Western Europe, Byzantium, and the Islamic Middle East, Cosmos and Community in Early Medieval Art illuminates the distinctions between the cosmological art of these three cultural spheres, and reasserts the centrality of astronomical imagery to the study of art history.


A Companion to Byzantine Illustrated Manuscripts

A Companion to Byzantine Illustrated Manuscripts

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  • Publisher: BRILL
  • ISBN: 9004346236
  • Category : History
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 644

This volume offers an overview of Byzantine manuscript illustration, a central branch of Byzantine art and culture. Just like written texts, illustrations bear witness to Byzantine material culture, imperial ideology and religious beliefs, as well as to the development and spread of Byzantine art.


A Companion to Byzantine Science

A Companion to Byzantine Science

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  • Publisher: BRILL
  • ISBN: 9004414614
  • Category : History
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 676

This is the first book entirely devoted to Byzantine science, with essays by distinguished scholars offering the most comprehensive and up-to-date history of the field currently available, and aiming to position the field in broader scholarly conversations.


The Cult of the Mother of God in Byzantium

The Cult of the Mother of God in Byzantium

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  • Author: Leslie Brubaker
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 1351891979
  • Category : Religion
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 360

This volume, on the cult of the Theotokos (Virgin Mary) in Byzantium, focuses on textual and historical aspects of the subject, thus complementing previous work which has centred more on the cult of images of the Mother of God. The papers presented here, by an international team of scholars, consider the development and transformation of the cult from approximately the fourth through the twelfth centuries. The volume opens with discussion of the origins of the cult, and its Near Eastern manifestations, including the archaeological site of the Kathisma church in Palestine, which represents the earliest Marian shrine in the Holy Land, and Syriac poetic treatment of the Virgin. The principal focus, however, is on the 8th and 9th centuries in Byzantium, as a critical period when Christian attitudes toward the Virgin and her veneration were transformed. The book re-examines the relationship between icons, relics and the Virgin, asking whether increasing devotion to these holy objects or figures was related in any way. Some contributions consider the location of relics and later, icons, in Constantinople and other centres of Marian devotion; others explore gender issues, such as the significance of the Virgin's feminine qualities, and whether women and men identified with her equally as a holy figure. The aim of this volume is to build on recent work on the cult of the Virgin Mary in Byzantium and to explore areas that have not yet been studied. The rationale is critical and historical, using literary, artistic, and archaeological sources to evaluate her role in the development of the Byzantine understanding of the ways in which God interacts with creation by means of icons, relics, and the Theotokos.


Reading in the Byzantine Empire and Beyond

Reading in the Byzantine Empire and Beyond

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  • Author: Teresa Shawcross
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • ISBN: 1108418414
  • Category : History
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 712

The first comprehensive introduction in English to books, readers and reading in Byzantium and the wider medieval world surrounding it.


Kosma Aiguptiou Monachou Christianike Topographia - The Christian Topography of Cosmas, an Egyptian Monk

Kosma Aiguptiou Monachou Christianike Topographia - The Christian Topography of Cosmas, an Egyptian Monk

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  • Author: John W. McCrindle
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • ISBN: 1317108639
  • Category : History
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 472

Translated from the Greek, and Edited, with Notes and Introduction. This is a new print-on-demand hardback edition of the volume first published in 1897.


Change the World Without Taking Power: The Meaning of Revolution Today

Change the World Without Taking Power: The Meaning of Revolution Today

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  • Author: John Holloway
  • Publisher: Lulu Press, Inc
  • ISBN: 1312382546
  • Category : Self-Help
  • Languages : en
  • Pages :

This new edition of John Holloway's contemporary classic, Change the World Without Taking Power, includes an extensive new preface by the author. The wave of political demonstrations since the Battle of Seattle in 2001 have crystallised a new trend in left-wing politics. Modern protest movements are grounding their actions in both Marxism and Anarchism, fighting for radical social change in terms that have nothing to do with the taking of state power. This is in clear opposition to the traditional Marxist theory of revolution which centres on the overthrow of government. In this book, John Holloway asks how we can reformulate our understanding of revolution as the struggle against power, not for power. After a century of failed attempts by revolutionary and reformist movements to bring about radical social change, the concept of revolution itself is in crisis.


A History of Astronomy from Thales to Kepler

A History of Astronomy from Thales to Kepler

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  • Author: J. L. E. Dreyer
  • Publisher: Courier Corporation
  • ISBN: 0486600793
  • Category : Science
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 438

Masterpiece of historical insight and scientific accuracy and the definitive work on Greek astronomy and the Copernican Revolution. Includes surveys of European and Islamic cosmologies of the Middle Ages and the Renaissance.


History of the Planetary Systems from Thales to Kepler

History of the Planetary Systems from Thales to Kepler

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  • Author: John Louis Emil Dreyer
  • Publisher:
  • ISBN:
  • Category : Astronomy
  • Languages : en
  • Pages : 432