This volume brings together thirteen studies on Greek-speaking preachers and audiences in a period from the beginning of the second century A.D. to the beginning of the tenth century which has largely been neglected in the modern literature.
The chapters represent a collection of case studies of individual preachers or periods of homiletic activity and cover themes including the identity of Greek-speaking preachers, the circumstances of delivery, the different genres of homiletic, the adaptation of the tropes of Classical approaches, the preparation, redaction and transmission of sermons, and the interaction between preacher and audience.
Each chapter is accompanied by a summary bibliography of the most important primary sources and secondary literature.
Mary B. Cunningham, Ph.D. (1984) in Byzantine Studies, University of Birmingham, England, is Honorary Research Fellow in the Institute for Advanced Research in the Humanities at the University of Birmingham. She has published papers on Byzantine preaching, edited homiletic and hagiographical texts and is currently working on a book on Andrew of Crete.
Pauline Allen, D.Phil. (1977) in Litterae Humaniores, University of Oxford, is Director of the Centre for Early Christian Studies at Australian Catholic University. She has published on Christian preaching and ecclesiastical history, and has edited and translated early Byzantine texts.
...a most admirable and substantial collection.'
Journal of Roman Studies, 2000.
...well planned, tidily edited, with high quality contributions.'
Journal of Hellenic Studies, 2000.
Im ganzen ist der Band jedenfalls, was die Methodik der Fragestellung an den Gegenstand betrifft, von beeindruckender Geschollsenheit.'
Jahrbuch der Österreichisen Byzantinistik, 2000.
This book deserves to be the seedbed of a flowering of scholarship.'
Fellowship of St.Alban and St.Sergius.
All those interested in Classical and Christian rhetoric, Late Antiquity and Byzantium, social history and orality, as well as Greek philologists, liturgists and mediaevalists.