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Vladimir Agrigoroaei
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Cover illustration: Karynia (Inner Mani, Laconia), church of Saint-George: heraldic eagle painted in the sanctuary. Credits: Author. The Monument Church of Saint-George in Karynia is within the domain of the Ephorate of Antiquities of Laconia, © Hellenic Ministry of Culture and Sports / Hellenic Organization of Cultural Resources Development.

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Names: Agrigoroaei, Vladimir, author.

Title: The culture of Latin Greece : seven tales from the 13th and 14th centuries / by Vladimir Agrigoroaei.

Description: Leiden ; Boston : Brill, [2023] | Series: East Central and Eastern Europe in the Middle Ages, 1872-8103 ; volume 86 | Includes bibliographical references and index. | Summary: “The artistic and literary maze of Latin-occupied Greece cannot be analysed by a conventional approach. Follow the author and the historical protagonists of his tales in a journey through a fragmentary shape-shifting corpus, from the medieval translations of Aristotle to pornographic animal tales carved on church columns. The book explains how art and literature were intertwined, how they evolved from the times of Nicetas Choniates to those of Isabella of Lusignan, and under what influences. It is based on the assumption that history is a form of literature, as they both share an “arbitrary distribution of emphasis” (Isaiah Berlin)”—Provided by publisher.

Identifiers: LCCN 2022048709 (print) | LCCN 2022048710 (ebook) | ISBN 9789004524217 (hardback) | ISBN 9789004524224 (ebook)

Subjects: LCSH: Greece—History—323-1453—Sources. | Latin Empire, 1204-1261—Sources. | Literature and history—Greece—History—To 1500. | History in literature. | Greece—Civilization—Roman influences.

Classification: LCC DF599.8 .A37 2023 (print) | LCC DF599.8 (ebook) | DDC 949.5/04—dc23/eng/20221102

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ISSN 1872-8103

ISBN 978-90-04-52421-7 (hardback)

ISBN 978-90-04-52422-4 (e-book)

Copyright 2023 by Vladimir Agrigoroaei. Published by Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands.

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