Byzantium, Its Neighbours and Its Cultures

Edited by Danijel Dzino and Ken Parry

Byzantina Australiensia vol. 20 (Brisbane 2014)

ISBN: 978-1-876503-01-7; ISSN: 0725-3079

Introduction, 13 essays, 294 pages including illustrations

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Byzantium was one of the longest-lasting empires in history. Throughout the millennium of its existence, the empire showed its capability to change and develop under very different historical circumstances. This remarkable resilience would have been impossible to achieve without the formation of a lasting imperial culture and a strong imperial ideological infrastructure. Imperial culture and ideology required, among other things, to sort out who was ʻinsiderʼ and who was ʻoutsiderʼ and develop ways to define and describe ones neighbours and interact with them.

There is an indefinite number of possibilities for the exploration of relationships between Byzantium and its neighbours. The essays in this collection focus on several interconnected clusters of topics and shared research interests, such as the place of neighbours in the context of the empire and imperial ideology, the transfer of knowledge with neighbours, the Byzantine perception of their neighbours and the political relationship and/or the conflict with neighbours.

CONTENTS

Danijel Dzino and Ken Parry, Introduction: Byzantium, its neighbours and its cultures

Jonathan Shepard, Bunkers, open cities and boats in Byzantine diplomacy

Caillan Davenport, Imperial ideology and commemorative culture in the Eastern Roman Empire, 284-450 CE

Mladen Ančić, Church with incomplete biography: Plans for the consolidation of Byzantine rule on the Adriatic at the beginning of the ninth century

Danijel Dzino, Local knowledge and wider contexts: stories of the arrival of the Croats in De Administrando Imperio in the past and present

Eva Anagnostou-Laoutides, Female virtue, Euripides, and the Byzantine manuscript tradition in the fourteenth century

Nigel Westbrook, Exchange of palatine architectural motifs between Byzantium, Persia and the Caliphate

Tim Briscoe, Rome and Persia: rhetoric and religion

Dimitri Kepreotes, Faith as a frontier: The Photian homilies on the invasion of the Rus

Ken Parry, Egypt in the Byzantine imagination: Cultural memory and historiography, fourth to ninth centuries

Renato Viana Boy, History of Wars: Narratives of crises in power relations between Constantinople and Italy in the sixth century

Ivo Topalilov, The barbarians and the city: Comparative study of the impact of the barbarian invasions in 376-378 and 442-447 on the urbanism of Philippopolis, Thrace

Meaghan McEvoy, Between the old Rome and the new: Imperial co-operation ca. 400-500 CE

Janet Wade, Sailors, merchants and the maritime cults that sailed into the ports (and streets) of early Byzantium