Byzantine Court Culture from 829 to 1204

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Henry Maguire
Dumbarton Oaks, 1997 - History - 264 pages
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The imperial court in Constantinople has been central to the outsider's vision of Byzantium. However, in spite of its fame in literature and scholarship, there have been few attempts to analyze the Byzantine court in its entirety as a phenomenon. The studies in this volume aim to provide a unified composition by presenting Byzantine courtly life in all its interconnected facets.

One important theme that unites these studies is the attention paid to describing the effects of a change in the social makeup of the court during this period and the reflection of these changes in art and architecture. These changes in social composition, mentality, and material culture of the court demonstrate that, as in so many other aspects of Byzantine civilization, the image of permanence and immutability projected by the forms of palace life was more apparent than real. As this new work shows, behind the golden facade of ceremony, rhetoric, and art, there was constant development and renewal.

  

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Contents

Introduction
Gardens of the Palaces 13
Middle Byzantine Court Costume
39
Imperial Ceremonies and the Cult
53
Court Culture and Cult Icons in Middle Byzantine Constantinople
81
Ill Interchanges with Foreign Courts
101
The Shared Culture of Objects
115
Court Intellectuals and Rhetoric
131
and Constantine Manasses
141
Social Composition of the Byzantine Court
167
Title and Income at the Byzantine Court
199
Art of the Byzantine Court
217
et a léglise de la SainteCroix dAghtamar
231
The Heavenly Court
247
Index
259
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About the author (1997)

Henry Maguire is a former Director of Byzantine Studies at Dumbarton Oaks and Professor of Art History at Johns Hopkins University

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