Trends and Turning Points presents sixteen articles, examining the discursive construction of the late antique and Byzantine world, focusing specifically on the utilisation of trends and turning points to make stuff from the past, whether texts, matter, or action, meaningful. Contributions are divided into four complementary strands, Scholarly Constructions, Literary Trends, Constructing Politics, and Turning Points in Religious Landscapes. Each strand cuts across traditional disciplinary boundaries and periodisation, placing historical, archaeological, literary, and architectural concerns in discourse, whilst drawing on examples from the full range of the medieval Roman past. While its individual articles offer numerous important insights, together the volume collectively rethinks fundamental assumptions about how late antique and Byzantine studies has and continues to be discursively constructed.
Contributors are: David Barritt, Laura Borghetti, Nikolas Churik, Elif Demirtiken, Alasdair C. Grant, Stephen Humphreys, Mirela Ivanova, Hugh Jeffery, Valeria Flavia Lovato, Francesco Lovino, Kosuke Nakada, Jonas Nilsson, Theresia Raum, Maria Rukavichnikova, and Milan Vukašinović.
Matthew Kinloch holds a doctorate from the University of Oxford (2014-18), an MRes from the University of Birmingham (2013-14), and a BA from the University of Durham (2010-13). He is currently a postdoctoral researcher at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, Vienna.
Alex MacFarlane is writing a D.Phil. titled Alexander Re-Mapped: Geography and Identity in the Alexander Romance in Armenia (University of Oxford). This follows an MSt in Classical Armenian Studies (University of Oxford) and an MA in Ancient History (KCL).
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Part 1: Scholarly Constructions
1 Constructing Late Antiquity and Byzantium: Introducing Trends and Turning Points
Matthew Kinloch 2 Constructing the Past through the Present: The Eurasian View of Byzantium in the Pages of Seminarium Kondakovianum Francesco Lovino
Part 2: Literary Trends
3 The Power of the Cross: The Role of the Helper in Kassia’s Hymns’ Narratological Structure and Its Doctrinal Implications
Laura Borghetti 4 Tzetzes, Eustathius, and the ‘city-sacker’ Epeius: Trends and Turning Points in the 12th-century Reception of Homer
Valeria Flavia Lovato 5 Greek Explicating Greek: A Study of Metaphrase Language and Style
Nikolas Churik 6 Doing and Telling Administration and Diplomacy: Speech Acts in the 13th-Century Balkans
Milan Vukašinović 7 Laughing up the Sleeve: The Image of the Emperor and Ironic Discourse in George Pachymeres’ Historia Maria Rukavichnikova
Part 3: Constructing Politics
8 The Roman Revolution: Leo
and the Contest for Power in the 5th Century
David Barritt 9 The Reinvention of the Soldier-Emperor under Heraclius
Theresia Raum 10 Omens of Expansionism? Revisiting the Caucasian Chapters of De Administrando Imperio Kosuke Nakada 11 The Madara Horseman and Triumphal Inscriptions in Krum’s Early Medieval Bulgaria (c.803–14)
Mirela Ivanova 12 The Emperor is for Turning: Alexios Komnenos, John the Oxite and the Persecution of Heretics
Part 4: Turning Points in Religious Landscapes
13 Eight Hundred Years of the Cult of the Archangels at Aphrodisias/Stauropolis: Modern and Ancient Narratives
Hugh Jeffery 14 Crosses as Water Purification Devices in Byzantine Palestine
Stephen Humphreys 15 Byzantium’s Ashes and the Bones of St Nicholas: Two Translations as Turning Points, 1087–1100
Alasdair C. Grant 16 Changing Profiles of Monastic Founders in Constantinople, From the Komnenoi to the Palaiologoi: The Case of the Theotokos Pammakaristos Monastery in Context
All interested in the late antique and Byzantine worlds, its historiography, scholarly construction, literature, politics, religion, and archaeology.