Literature and Culture in Late Byzantine Thessalonica

Literature and Culture in Late Byzantine Thessalonica

By: Eugenia Russell (author)Paperback

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The 'long' fourteenth century perhaps can be seen as Thessalonica's heyday. Alongside its growing commercial prowess, the city was developing into an important centre of government, where members of the Byzantine imperial family of the Palaiologoi ruled independently under full imperial titles, striking coinage and following an increasingly autonomous external policy. It was also developing into a formidable centre for letters, education, and artistic expression, due in part to Palaiologan patronage. This volume sets out the political and commercial landscape of Thessalonica between 1303 and 1430, when the city fell to the Ottoman Turks, before focusing on the literary and hymnographical aspects of the city's cultural history and its legacy. The cosmopolitan nature of urban life in Thessalonica, the polyphony of opinions it experienced and expressed, its multiple links with centres such as Constantinople, Adrianople, Athos, Lemnos and Lesvos, and the diversity and strength of its authorial voices make the study of the city's cultural life a vital part of our understanding of the Byzantine Eastern Mediterranean.

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Eugenia Russell is Lecturer in History at St Mary's University, Twickenham, UK. She is the author of St Demetrius of Thessalonica: Cult and Devotion in the Middle Ages (2010), 'Two Greek excerpts by Johannes Cuno (1463-1513) in London Arundel 550', Renaissance Studies 24 (2010), 'Donors, texts and images. Visualisation of the hagiographical cycle of St Panteleimon' (with Teodora Burnand), Byzantion 81 (2011) and the editor of Spirituality in Late Byzantium (2009).


Prologue: Where is Thessalonica? Part 1: Setting the Scene 1. Methodology, Parameters and Subject Matter 2. Thessalonica: Historical and Geographical Background Part 2: Byzantine Hymnography as a Signifier of Civic Identity in Thessalonica 3. Symeon of Thessalonica and the Sung Thessalonian Rite 4. A Byzantine Hymn to St Demetrius as an Example of Civic Identity Part 3: Legacies of the Thessalonian Byzantine Culture 5. Andronikos Kallistos: An Intellectual Biography of an Emigre from Thessalonica 6. An Akathistos Hymn to St Demetrius: An Example of Post-Byzantine Devotion Part 4: Auxiliary Materials Maps Illustrations Learning Resources Appendix Index

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  • publication date: 11/09/2014
  • ISBN13: 9781472587336
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 224
  • ID: 9781472587336
  • weight: 347
  • ISBN10: 1472587332

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