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Item Number: 144579
Title: A Companion to Byzantine Illustrated Manuscripts
Author: Tsamakda, Vasiliki
Price: $259.00
ISBN: 9789004343184
Record created on 02/10/17
Description: Leiden: Brill, 2017. 24cm., hardcover, ca. 676pp. prof. illus.

Summary: 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. In this sense illustrated books reflect the society that produced and used them. Being portable, they could serve as diplomatic gifts or could be acquired by foreigners. In such cases they became “emissaries” of Byzantine art and culture in Western Europe and the Arabic world. The volume provides for the first time a comprehensive overview of the material, divided by text categories, including both secular and religious manuscripts, and analyses which texts were illustrated in Byzantium, and how. Contributors are Justine M. Andrews, Leslie Brubaker, Annemarie W. Carr, Elina Dobrynina, Maria Evangelatou, Maria Laura Tomea Gavazzoli, Markos Giannoulis, Cecily Hennessy, Ioli Kalavrezou, Maja Kominko, Sofia Kotzabassi, Stavros Lazaris, Kallirroe Linardou, Vasileios Marinis, Kathleen Maxwell, Georgi R. Parpulov, Nancy P. Ševcenko, Jean-Michel Spieser, Mika Takiguchi, Courtney Tomaselli, Marina Toumpouri, Nicolette S. Trahoulia, Vasiliki Tsamakda, and Elisabeth Yota.

Contents: 1 The Use and Function of Illustrated Books in Byzantine Society. 2 The Study of Byzantine Illustrated Manuscripts since Kurt Weitzmann: Art Historical Methods and Approaches. 3 Codicology and Palaeography. 4 Scientific, Medical and Technical Manuscripts. 5 Historical Writings. 6 Homeric Epics. 7 Barlaam and Ioasaph. 8 The Alexander Romance. 9 ?The Vatican Epithalamion. 10 The Complete Bible. 11 The Book of Genesis. 12 The Joshua Roll. 13 The Octateuch. 14 The Vatican Book of Kings (*Vat. gr. 333). 15 The Book of Job. 16 The Prophet Book. 17 New Testament Imagery. 18 Illustrated Byzantine Gospel Books. 19 The Lectionary. 20 Psalters and Books of Hours (Horologia). 21 Liturgical Scrolls. 22 Synaxaria and Menologia. 23 The Akathistos Hymn. 24 The Homilies of Gregory of Nazianzus. 25 The Homilies of John Chrysostom. 26 The Homilies of Iakovos of the Kokkinobaphou Monastery. 27 The Christian Topography of Kosmas Indikopleustes. 28 The Heavenly Ladder. 29 Sacra Parallela (*Par. gr. 923). 30 ?The Dogmatic Panoply. (Brill's Companions to the Byzantine World, 2)

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