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  1. Icons as Punishers. Two Narrations From the Vaticanus Gr. 1587 Manuscript.Marirena Alexaki - 2021 - Byzantinische Zeitschrift 114 (1):35-64.
    The Iconoclastic controversies of the Byzantine Era have provided a rich literary tradition of miracle narrations regarding the various magical aspects of the icon. The second period of Iconoclasm however seems to have given rise to a lesser prominent motif of the earlier traditions, namely that of the icon-agent acting as active punisher against its transgressor. The current article explores the development of this motif after a concise survey of the history of icon-miracle narrations, their representative texts and their role (...)
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  2. Rituali di Corte. Il Triclinio Dei XIX Letti Del Grande Palazzo di Costantinopoli.Isabella Baldini - 2021 - Byzantinische Zeitschrift 114 (1):65-110.
    The present contribution aims at reviewing the available data on the Triclinium of the Nineteen couches. It is divided into three parts: the first is intended to overview the information that Byzantine authors have handed down to us about this great banquet hall; the second aims at proposing reconstructive hypotheses about its dimensions and architecture, as well as to investigate the material aspects related to the organisation of the banquet in late antiquity; the third part deals with the ceremonial functions (...)
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  3. András Németh. The Excerpta Constantiniana and the Byzantine Appropriation of the Past.Francesco Maria Ferrara - 2021 - Byzantinische Zeitschrift 114 (1):442-447.
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  4. Revisiting the Church of Saint Spyridon in Selymbria.Görkem Günay - 2021 - Byzantinische Zeitschrift 114 (1):171-194.
    Although nothing from the Byzantine church of St. Spyridon is preserved in situ today, the primary sources and surviving photographs of the structure indicate that it was built in the simple domed octagon design. In this article, some new architectural fragments which possibly belonged to the church are presented and evaluated, and new interpretations of the earlier restitution hypotheses are suggested. The presence of a domed octagon in Selymbria provides indirect evidence for the existence of the plan scheme in Constantinople (...)
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  5. Gaga Shurgaia. Vaxt’ang I Gorgasali re di Kartli. Alle origini dell’autocefalia della Chiesa ortodossa di Georgia.Hans-Christian Günther - 2021 - Byzantinische Zeitschrift 114 (1):447-456.
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  6. The Philosophy of Constantine the Philosopher of Nicaea.David Jenkins & Merle Eisenberg - 2021 - Byzantinische Zeitschrift 114 (1):139-162.
    The two extant works of Constantine the Philosopher of Nicaea reveal a late twelfth century thinker of the Neoplatonic sensibility typically seen only in those who reached the pinnacle of Byzantine literacy during this period. We argue that he is of particular interest because he coined two philosophical terms that, while mirroring controversial Neoplatonic concepts, better accommodate their Orthodox acceptance.We offer here some background on the author, a short discussion of the philosophical content of these works, and for the first (...)
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  7. A Tale of Two Skeletons?: Greco-Turkish Cultural Memory, Sacred Space, and the Mystery of the Identity of the Occupants of a Now Lost Ciborium Byzantine Tomb at Trebizond.Scott Kennedy - 2021 - Byzantinische Zeitschrift 114 (1):195-220.
    The body of almost every Roman or Byzantine emperor has been lost. This piece draws attention to two skeletons, recovered from a Muslim türbe at Trabzon during World War I by the Russian excavator Feodor Uspensky. Using local oral tradition, Uspensky identified the two bodies he recovered as the Byzantine emperor of Trebizond Alexios IV and a local Turkish hero Hoşoğlan. Since Uspensky, his identifications have not been challenged nor scientifically examined. This paper argues that Uspensky did not recover just (...)
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    Nachruf - Klaus-Peter Matschke.Sebastian Kolditz - 2021 - Byzantinische Zeitschrift 114 (1):457-462.
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  9. Ruth Macrides / Joseph A. Munitiz/ Dimiter Angelov. Pseudo-Kodinos and the Constantinopolitan Court: Offices and Ceremonies.Sebastian Kolditz - 2021 - Byzantinische Zeitschrift 114 (1):429-440.
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  10. The Portrayal of Syrgiannes Palaiologos Philanthropenos in the Historical Works of Nikephoros Gregoras and John Kantakouzenos.Savvas Kyriakidis - 2021 - Byzantinische Zeitschrift 114 (1):221-238.
    Syrgiannes Palaiologos Philanthropenos played a leading role in the conflicts between factions of the Byzantine aristocracy in the 1320s and 1330s. The most important historians of the period, Nikephoros Gregoras and John Kantakouzenos, depict a rather negative picture of the personality of Syrgiannes. He is portrayed as an overambitious individual who constantly plots against the throne. He is seen as a perjurer whose actions prove that he has no moral constraints and does not hesitate to betray his friends. This image (...)
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    On Earth as It is in Heaven? Reinterpreting the Heavenly Liturgy in Byzantine Art.Vasileios Marinis - 2021 - Byzantinische Zeitschrift 114 (1):255-268.
    Compositions representing the Heavenly Liturgy - the liturgy that is presided over by Christ in heaven, of which the earthly liturgy is a reflection - first appear around the beginning of the fourteenth century in the decoration of Byzantine domes. Most scholars argue that such scenes depict an ancient concept, almost as old as liturgical exegesis itself. I contend that this view is based on a flawed reading of liturgical commentaries, of the biblical texts from which the commentaries draw inspiration, (...)
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  12. Prontuario Para Una Abadesa: El Escur. Φ III 11 E Irene Cumno.Teresa Martínez Manzano - 2021 - Byzantinische Zeitschrift 114 (1):269-324.
    In this paper I firstly examine the contents of Escur. Φ III 11, which includes a medical section, an anthology of texts both sacred and profane, and the epistolar exchange between Gregorius Acindynus and Eirene Choumnos. Secondly I go through Eirene’s intellectual background and the books transcribed under her patronage. Thirdly I explain the role played by this Escurialensis in Eirene’s library and in the anti-Palamite circles. Fourthly, basing on different kinds of arguments, I attribute the copying of ff. 83r-156v (...)
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  13. Composing the Μικρομεγάλη Ἰλιάς: Macro- and Microstructure of a Byzantine Homeric Poem.Ugo Mondini - 2021 - Byzantinische Zeitschrift 114 (1):325-354.
    The Μικρομεγάλη Ἰλιάς, the first work written by John Tzetzes, consists of 1.676 hexameters and numerous scholia. It narrates the events of the Trojan war from the conception of Paris to the fall of the city. This paper analyses the poem and its structure. In his later Exegesis to the Iliad, Tzetzes states that the Μικρομεγάλη Ἰλιάς allows to “learn thoroughly, in every detail” the history of the war. Following this evidence, the macro- and the microstructure of the poem are (...)
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  14. Neue mittel- und spätbyzantinische Inschriften aus Bithynien.Paweł Nowakowski & Mustafa Adak - 2021 - Byzantinische Zeitschrift 114 (1):1-34.
    The article presents a collection of seventeen previously unpublished inscriptions on stone and small objects from Bithynia. The majority of them belong to the middle Byzantine period and comes from the area of Nikaia and Nikomedeia. First of all, the inscription from a boundary stone of a monastery of Theotokos near Niketiaton is discussed, in which the bridge of a certain Eustathios and the monastery of Johannes Kranbas are mentioned. The building inscription of a refectory attests to the existence of (...)
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  15. From Baghdad to Antioch and Constantinople: Ibn Buṭlān and the Byzantines.Daniel Oltean - 2021 - Byzantinische Zeitschrift 114 (1):355-376.
    This article explores the Byzantine network of the famous physician and theologian Ibn Buṭlān who left Baghdad for Antioch and Constantinople in the mid-11th-century. His contacts included Patriarchs Michael Keroularios and Peter III, Michael Psellos and Symeon Seth. Ibn Buṭlān’s monastic vocation raises the question of his link with Nikon of the Black Mountain. They probably crossed paths in the region of Antioch. Both developed ties with local people and institutions and integrated into the monastic customs of the area.
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  16. Marina Loukaki. Les Gr'ces à Athènes: éloge dʼun gouverneur byzantin par Nikolaos Kataphlôron.Stratis Papaioannou - 2021 - Byzantinische Zeitschrift 114 (1):426-429.
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  17. Zofia A. Brzozowska / Mirosław J. Leszka / Kirił Marinow/ Teresa Wolińska (Eds.). Widmo Mahometa, Cień Samuela. Cesarstwo Bizantyńskie W Relacji Zprzedstawicielami Innych Religii I Kultur. [REVIEW]Tomasz Pełech - 2021 - Byzantinische Zeitschrift 114 (1):405-409.
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  18. Mirosław J. Leszka / Kirił Marinow (Eds.). The Bulgarian State in 927–969. The Epoch of Tsar Peter I.Günter Prinzing - 2021 - Byzantinische Zeitschrift 114 (1):415-426.
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  19. Dorotei Getov. A Catalogue of the Greek Manuscripts in the National Library “Sts. Cyril and Methodius”, Sofia.Rudolf Stefec - 2021 - Byzantinische Zeitschrift 114 (1):409-411.
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    Marina Molin Pradel / Kerstin Hajdú. Katalog der griechischen Handschriften der Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek München. Band 5. Codices graeci Monacenses 266–347. [REVIEW]Rudolf Stefec - 2021 - Byzantinische Zeitschrift 114 (1):440-442.
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  21. The Liturgy as a Source of the Epigraphic Formulary: Some Examples From the Late Antique Peloponnese.Marina Veksina - 2021 - Byzantinische Zeitschrift 114 (1):377-404.
    This paper consolidates some evidence on the impact of the liturgy on the epigraphic formulary.Without being an exhaustive study, it pinpoints several prominent examples of this development in the late antique Peloponnese. Textological parallels between inscriptions and extant liturgical texts indicate that liturgical formulae were adopted in epigraphic prayers of individuals as well as in the inscriptions adorning churches, and that authors of epitaphs often drew on the formulae of the eucharistic and funerary rites. The analysis makes it clear that (...)
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  22. Ist Andronikos Synadenos um die Mitte des 12. Jahrhunderts in normannische Gefangenschaft geraten?Alexandra-Kyriaki Wassiliou-Seibt & Üyesi Nilgün Elam - 2021 - Byzantinische Zeitschrift 114 (1):163-170.
    The museum of Trebizond houses a seal with a metrical legend of special interest, documenting a Synadenos, who had for some time been in a Sicilian prison but managed to escape, and thanks the apostle Thomas for this liberation. He might be Andronikos Synadenos, the husband of Theodora Komnene, a daughter of Alexios I, who served with distinction as general and as diplomat. As a military commander he maintained order in several border regions such as Dyrrachion, Niš, Cyprus, and finally (...)
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  23. Fragments of a Steatite Icon (Diptych Wing) with the Great Feasts Cycle Excavated in Chełm.Marcin Wołoszyn, Alicja Rafalska-Łasocha, Aleksandr Musin, Marek Michalik, Mirosław P. Kruk, Stanisław Gołub, Tomasz Dzieńkowski & Andrzej Buko - 2021 - Byzantinische Zeitschrift 114 (1):111-138.
    The paper presents fragments of a Byzantine icon discovered in 2015 during regular archaeological excavations carried out in Chełm, eastern Poland. Iconographic analyses allow the nine surviving fragments to be interpreted as belonging to a diptych wing with the Great Feasts cycle. The icon represents archaic iconography of the subject, with the scene of Transfiguration placed after Entry into Jerusalem and before the Crucifixion. The artefact was created in the second half or at the close of the 12th century, and (...)
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  24. David Holton / Geoffrey Horrocks / Marjolijne Janssen / Tina Lendari / Io Manolessou / Notis Toufexis. The Cambridge Grammar of Medieval and Early Modern Greek.Kostas Yiavis - 2021 - Byzantinische Zeitschrift 114 (1):411-415.
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  25. Byzantine Influence on Nubian Painting: The Loroi and the Gender of the Archangels.Magdalena Łaptaś - 2021 - Byzantinische Zeitschrift 114 (1):239-254.
    The conversion of the Nubian Kingdoms, by the missions sent from Constantinople in the sixth century, was followed by Byzantine influence on Nubian art. One of the most obvious examples of this process was representing archangels dressed in loroi. This paper aims to present the evolution of loroi in Nubian art. In Byzantium, they were ceremonial stoles worn on special occasions by the emperors or the highest dignitaries. The archangels were also clad in loroi, acting as high officials at the (...)
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