From Constantinople to the Frontier: The City and the Cities


From Constantinople to the Frontier: The City and the Cities provides twenty-five articles addressing the concept of centres and peripheries in the late antique and Byzantine worlds, focusing specifically on urban aspects of this paradigm. Spanning from the fourth to thirteenth centuries, and ranging from the later Roman empires to the early Caliphate and medieval New Rome, the chapters reveal the range of factors involved in the dialectic between City, cities, and frontier.
Including contributions on political, social, literary, and artistic history, and covering geographical areas throughout the central and eastern Mediterranean, this volume provides a kaleidoscopic view of how human actions and relationships worked with, within, and between urban spaces and the periphery, and how these spaces and relationships were themselves ideologically constructed and understood.
Contributors are Walter F. Beers, Lorenzo M. Bondioli, Christopher Bonura, Lynton Boshoff, Averil Cameron, Jeremiah Coogan, Robson Della Torre, Pavla Drapelova, Nicholas Evans, David Gyllenhaal, Franka Horvat, Theofili Kampianaki, Maximilian Lau, Valeria Flavia Lovato, Byron MacDougall, Nicholas S.M. Matheou, Daniel Neary, Jonas Nilsson, Cecilia Palombo, Maria Alessia Rossi, Roman Shliakhtin, Sarah C. Simmons, Andrew M. Small, Jakub Sypiański, Vincent Tremblay and Philipp Winterhager.

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Nicholas S.M. Matheou is a D.Phil. candidate in Oriental Studies at Pembroke College, Oxford, with the thesis title Aristakes of Lastivert's History in Context: Armenia and New Rome in the Era of the Seljuq Invasions. He is co-convener of The Oxford Research Centre for the Humanities research network on the long history of identity, ethnicity and nationhood.
Theofili Kampianaki is a D.Phil. candidate at Wolfson College, Oxford. Her doctoral thesis is entitled John Zonaras’ Epitome of Histories: A Compendium of Jewish-Roman History and Its Readers. Theofili holds an undergraduate degree in Greek Philology from the University of Athens, and an M.St. in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies from the University of Oxford.
Lorenzo M. Bondioli is a Ph.D. candidate at Princeton University. He obtained his B.A. in History at the University of Rome ‘La Sapienza’ and also graduated from the School of Archival Studies, Paleography and Diplomatics of the State Archives of Rome, thereafter completing an M.Phil. in Late Antique and Byzantine Studies at Balliol College, Oxford. He is currently participating in the Framing the Late Antique and Early Medieval Economy international project.
Preface ix
Acknowledgements xiv
List of Illustrations xv
List of Contributors xviii
Note on Names and Terms xxv
Introduction 1
Averil Cameron
Part 1
The City
1 Looking Eastwards: The Regina Orientis in Sidonius Apollinaris’
Carmen 2 13
Lynton Boshoff
2 L’identité romaine est-elle exclusive a Constantinople? Dichotomie
entre Byzance et les Balkans a l’époque médiobyzantine
(VIe–XIIe siecles) 25
Vincent Tremblay
3 City and Sovereignty in East Roman Thought, c.1000–1200: Ioannes
Zonaras’ Historical Vision of the Roman State 41
Nicholas S. M. Matheou
Part 2
Connections & Coercion
4 “Furnish Whatever is Lacking to Their Avarice”: The Payment
Programme of Cyril of Alexandria 67
Walter F. Beers
5 Constantinopolitan Connections: Liudprand of Cremona
and Byzantium 84
Andrew M. Small
6 Strengthening Justice through Friendship and Friendship
through Justice: Michael Psellos and the Provincial Judges 98
Jonas Nilsson
Part 3
The Civic & The Holy
7 Eusebius’ Caesarea: The Writing of History and the Dynamics
of Ecclesiastical Politics in Fourth-Century Palestine 111
Robson Della Torre
8 Spectatorship in City and Church in Late Antiquity: Theoria Returns
to the Festival 127
Byron MacDougall
9 Constantinople and the Desert City: Imperial Patronage of the
Judaean Desert Monasteries, 451–565 142
Daniel Neary
10 Citadels of Prayer: The Christian Polis under Siege from the Summer
of 502 to the Summer of 626 159
David Gyllenhaal
Part 4
The Cities
11 Province in Contrast to City: Irregularities and Peculiarities in the
Coinage of Antioch (518–565) 175
Pavla Drapelova
12 Rome in the Seventh-Century Byzantine Empire: A Migrant’s Network
Perspective from the Circle of Maximos the Confessor 191
Philipp Winterhager
13 Rus’ Dynastic Ideology in the Frescoes of the South Chapels
in St. Sophia, Kiev 207
Sarah C. Simmons
14 The Miracle Cycle between Constantinople, Thessalonike,
and Mistra 226
Maria Alessia Rossi
Part 5
Reception & Response
15 Constantinople and Alexandria between the Seventh
and Eighth Centuries: The Representation of Byzantium
in Christian Sources from Conquered Egypt 243
Cecilia Palombo
16 A Forgotten Translation of Pseudo-Methodius in Eighth-Century
Constantinople: New Evidence for the Dispersal of the Greek
Apocalypse of Pseudo-Methodius during the Dark Age Crisis 260
Christopher Bonura
17 Comprendre les « Sarrasins » a Byzance dans la premiere
moitié du IXe siecle 277
Jakub Sypiański
Part 6
A Metropolitan Education: Texts & Contexts
18 Byzantine Manuscript Colophons and the Prosopography
of Scribal Activity 297
Jeremiah Coogan
19 Sayings Attributed to Emperors of Old and New Rome
in Michael Psellos’ Historia Syntomos 311
Theofili Kampianaki
20 Ulysse, Tzetzes et l’éducation a Byzance 326
Valeria Flavia Lovato
Part 7
To the Frontier
21 Kastron, Rabaḍ and Arḍūn: The Case of Artanuji 345
Nicholas Evans
22 From the Frontier Cities to the City, and Back? Reinterpreting
Southern Italy in the De administrando imperio 365
Lorenzo M. Bondioli
23 Byzantine Art beyond the Borders of the Empire: A Case Study
of the Church of St. Chrysogonus in Zara 385
Franka Horvat
24 Master of Kastamon, Emperor of Eternity: Ioannes Komnenos
as Border-maker and Border-breaker in Theodoros Prodromos’
poem ‘On the advance to Kastamon’ 425
Roman Shliakhtin
25 ‘Ioannoupolis’: Lopadion as ‘City’ and Military Headquarters under
Emperor Ioannes II Komnenos 435
Maximilian Lau
Bibliography 465
Index 517
All interested in the late antique and Byzantine history between the 4th and 13th centuries, as well as the history of early medieval Islam.