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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
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
List of Contributors
About the Editor
Hallowed be thy name


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


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).