Society, Culture and Politics in Byzantium is the fourth selection of papers by the late Nicolas Oikonomides to be published in the Variorum Collected Studies Series. Its focus is upon the Byzantine world after the Fourth Crusade and during the Palaeologan period, though several studies deal with a longer time span. The twenty-eight articles included look first at questions of language and literacy, and then at the relationships between art and politics. The final sections examine aspects of the history of the later empire, in the age of its decline, caught between the economic penetration of the Western European states and the expansion of the Ottoman Turks, and consider the development of Byzantine institutions, monasteries and the Church in this period.
Nicolas Oikonomides was formerly Professor in the Department of History at the University of Athens, Greece. Elizabeth Zachariadou is Professor at the University of Crete, Greece.
Contents: Preface, Paul Magdalino. Language and Literacy: L' 'unilinguisme' officiel de Constantinople byzantine (VIIe-XIIe s.); Matzoukina - Matzoukatos in Ptochoprodromos; Mount Athos: levels of literacy; Literacy in 13th-century Byzantium: an example from western Asia Minor; Byzance: A propos d'alphabetisation; E engrammatosyne ton Kretikon gyro sto 1200. Art and Politics: Some remarks on the apse mosaic of St Sophia; E stole tou eparkhou ki o Skylitzes tes Madrites; La couronne dite de Constantin Monomaque; E autokrateira Agia Sophia; The significance of some imperial monumental portraits of the 10th and 11th centuries; Pictorial propaganda in 12th-century Constantinople; The holy icon as an asset; An imperial Byzantine casket and its fate at a humanist's hands. Byzantium After 1204: La rinascita delle istituzioni bizantine dopo il 1204; A propos des armees des premiers Paleologues et des compagnies de soldats; Byzantium between East and West (13th-15th centuries); The Byzantine overlord of Genoese possessions in Romania; The Turks in Europe (1305-13) and the Serbs in Asia Minor (1313); From soldiers of fortune to gazi warriors: the Tzympe affair; Pour une typologie des villes 'separees' sous les Paleologues; Andronic II Paleologue et la ville de Kroia; Byzantine diplomacy, A.D. 1204-1453: means and ends. Athos and the Church: To meridio ton monasterion sten agora tes tourkokratoumenes Thessalonikes (1400); Patronage in Palaiologan Mt Athos; Le temps des Faux; Agrotiko perisseuma kai o rolos tou kratous gyro sto 1300; Reflexions sur le monocondyle episcopal du 16e s.. Index.