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In: Armenia through the Lens of Time
In: Caught in Translation: Studies on Versions of Late-Antique Christian Literature


The corpus Chrysostomicum contains 22 explicit references to ‘Armenia’ and the ‘Armenians’ that witness various ways in which John Chrysostom refers to, represents, and constructs different ‘Armenias’ and ‘Armenian people’. Taking into consideration recent trends in scholarship that re-evaluate the factual significance offered by homilies and other patristic texts, this paper argues that John Chrysostom’s evidence on ‘things Armenian’ can be used to complement and corroborate other already available historical information, offering new insight on the way Armeniannes was perceived from the standpoints of Antioch and Constantinople between the end of the fourth and the beginning of the fifth century. After a first part dedicated to the analysis of the ancient, late antique, and Byzantine Greek vocabulary available to refer to ‘things Armenians’, the paper evaluates each reference to Armenianness found in the corpus Chrysostomicum, showing that Armenians living in both Roman and Greater Armenia were clearly and distinctly present in the mental map of John Chrysostom and his audiences in both imperial cities: those of Roman Armenia were represented as undifferentiated from other inhabitants of the eastern Roman empire, those of Greater Armenian were seen, or constructed as, fundamentally pagan and barbarian people.

In: Armenia and Byzantium without Borders
In: Armenia and Byzantium without Borders
Byzantium is more and more recognized as a vibrant culture in dialogue with neighbouring regions, political entities, and peoples. Where better to look for this kind of dynamism than in the interactions between the Byzantines and the Armenians? Warfare and diplomacy are only one part of that story. The more enduring part consists of contact and mutual influence brokered by individuals who were conversant in both cultures and languages. The articles in this volume feature fresh work by younger and established scholars that illustrate the varieties of interaction in the fields of literature, material culture, and religion.
Contributors are: Gert Boersema, Emilio Bonfiglio, Bernard Coulie, Karen Hamada, Robin Meyer, Johannes Preiser-Kapeller, Claudia Rapp, Mark Roosien, Werner Seibt, Emmanuel Van Elverdinghe, Theo Maarten van Lint, Alexandra-Kyriaki Wassiliou-Seibt, and David Zakarian.