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Spirituality in Late Byzantium

Essays Presenting New Research by International Scholars

Editor(s): Eugenia Russell

Book Description

This collection of essays on late Byzantine spirituality presents new research covering a very important but less than well-documented period of Byzantine culture. Its thematic cohesion, originality of thought, variety of methodological approaches and broad intellectual range, make it a valuable contribution to the field and an asset for academics and students alike. The essays discuss pertinent historical, textual, liturgical and doctrinal matters, and through new evidence and re-appraisals of accepted scholarly views they seek to make their mark.

Table of Contents


List of Illustrations
Preface
Acknowledgements
Glossary
Introduction - Eugenia Russell

Part I: The Seeds of hesychia and the Theologians of hesychasm
Chapter One: The Reforming Abbot and his Tears: Penthos in late Byzantium
Hannah Hunt
Chapter Two: The Patriarch Philotheos Kokkinos and His Defence of Hesychasm
Norman Russell
Chapter Three: Symeon of Thessalonica and his Message of Personal Redemption
Eugenia Russell
Chapter Four: Reading Denys in late Byzantium: Gregory Palamas’s Approach
to the Theological Categories of ‘apophasis’ and ‘union and distinction’
James Blackstone

Part II: Four Case Studies on Late Byzantine Spirituality
Chapter Five: The ‘Testament of Job’: From Testament to Vita
Maria Haralambakis
Chapter Six: Donors and Iconography: The Case of the Church “St. Virgin”
in Dolna Kamenitsa (XIV c.)
Teodora Burnand
Chapter Seven: The Church of the Most Pure Virgin at the Village of Graeshnitsa
Robert Mihajlovski
Chapter Eight: Journey of the Soul to Perfection: Nicetas Stethatos
Jozef Matula

Afterword - Eugenia Russell
Illustrations
List of Contributors
About the Editor
Index
Hallowed be thy name

Hardback

ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-1363-1
ISBN-10: 1-4438-1363-X
Date of Publication: 01/11/2009
Pages / Size: 186 / A5
Price: £34.99
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Biography

Eugenia Russell is Lecturer in History at St Mary's University, Twickenham. She is the author of Literature and Culture in Late Byzantine Thessalonica (2013, paperback 2014), 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), and 'Donors, texts and images. Visualisation of the hagiographical cycle of St Panteleimon' (with Teodora Burnand), Byzantion 81 (2011).