The Land Legislation Of The Macedonian Emperors

Author by : Eric McGeer
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Description : "The land legislation issued by the emperors of the Macedonian dynasty is the most important source for the internal history of tenth-century Byzantium. This volume offers the first full translation of the land legislation into English. To make the work accessible to non-specialists and specialists alike, the introduction covers the background and content of the legislation, and reviews the principal institutions of Byzantine rural society: the village communes, the military lands, and the monasteries. The translations aim to strike a balance between adherence to the technical nature of the documents and presentation of clear, readable texts. Where necessary, technical terms and specific details are explained in the notes to the translations; the notes also direct the reader to the relevant scholarly literature concerning the legal, social, and agrarian aspects of the land legislation. Maps and a glossary are also included as aids to the reader."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved


The Land Legislation Of The Macedonian Emperors

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Studies In Byzantine Sigillography

Author by : K. g. Saur
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Description : Sigillography is an independent subject within Byzantine studies. As such, it also has garnered the interest of adjacent disciplines because it offers plenty of yet undiscovered material for research and study. A series that focuses on sigillography in particular is Studies in Byzantine Sigillography, established in 1987 by Nikolas Oikonomides and published in Dumbarton Oaks, Washington D.C. The K.G. Saur Verlag in Munich will continue the series with Volume 8. Contributions deal with all aspects of Byzantine sigillography: presentation of new finds, discussion of new methods, questions regarding Byzantine political and church administration, prosopography, historical geography, art historical and iconographic problems. In addition, the volume will contain lists of Byzantine seals that were published in articles and auction catalogues. In this way, out-of-the-way publications will be accessible and traceable. Volume 8 includes the years 1996 to 2001. It is mainly composed of papers delivered at the 7th International Colloquium on Byzantine Sigillography, held in Paris in august 2001 on the occasion of the 20th International Congress of Byzantine Studies. Sigillography is an independent subject within Byzantine studies. As such, it also has garnered the interest of adjacent disciplines because it offers plenty of yet undiscovered material for research and study. A series that focuses on sigillography in particular is Studies in Byzantine Sigillography, established in 1987 by Nikolas Oikonomides and published in Dumbarton Oaks, Washington D.C. The K.G. Saur Verlag in Munich will continue the series with Volume 8. Contributions deal with all aspects of Byzantine sigillography: presentation of new finds, discussion of new methods, questions regarding Byzantine political and church administration, prosopography, historical geography, art historical and iconographic problems. In addition, the volume will contain lists of Byzantine seals that were published in articles and auction catalogues. In this way, out-of-the-way publications will be accessible and traceable. Volume 8 includes the years 1996 to 2001. It is mainly composed of papers delivered at the 7th International Colloquium on Byzantine Sigillography, held in Paris in august 2001 on the occasion of the 20th International Congress of Byzantine Studies.


Law And Society In Byzantium 9th 12th Centuries

Author by : Angeliki E. Laiou
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Description : The essays in this volume investigate themes related to the place of law in Byzantine ideology and society. Although the Byzantines had a formal legal system, deriving from Justinian's codification, this does not solve the problem but rather poses important questions. Was this a society which was meant to be governed by law? For answers, one must look at the intent of the legislators (to address specific problems, or to order society according to an ideal pattern?); the attitudes toward the law; the relationship between law, religion, literature, and art. What were the spheres--political, economic, private--that the laws and the lawgivers sought to regulate? The concepts of law and justice are quite different from each other, and the relationship between them is investigated here. Of importance also, in this medieval society, are the connections between law and religion. There is the problem of the provenance of the law--whether the Emperor or God himself is the source of law--and the broad implications of the answer. At another level, ecclesiastical law was very important for everyday life, and the question arises of how much knowledge people had of it and how profound was their knowledge. Both people's perceptions and their practices were shaped by their views of human justice and divine justice: whether these coincided, and whether they were administered through the same means, for the intervention of saints or icons might be seen as an alternative to human justice. As for human justice, there are questions that involve both society's view of it and the education, knowledge, and interests of those who administered it. Such issues are present in all medieval societies; the case of Byzantium is of particular interest because of the interplay between formal law and the conceptualizations and practicesâe"some quite divergent from the ostensible purpose of legislationâe"which affected the legislators, the practitioners, and all of society.


Byzantine Legal Culture And The Roman Legal Tradition 867 1056

Author by : Zachary Chitwood
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Publisher by : Cambridge University Press
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Description : This social history of Byzantine law offers an introduction to one of the world's richest yet hitherto understudied legal traditions. In the first study of its kind, Chitwood explores and reinterprets the seminal legal-historical events of the Byzantine Empire under the Macedonian dynasty, including the re-appropriation and refashioning of the Justinianic legal corpus and the founding of a law school in Constantinople. During this last phase of Byzantine secular law, momentous changes in law and legal culture were underway: the patronage of the elite was reflected in the legal system, theological terms from Orthodox Christianity entered the vocabulary of Byzantine jurisprudence, and private legal collections of uncertain origins began to circulate in manuscripts alongside official redactions of Justinianic law. By using the heuristic device of exploring legal culture, this book examines the interplay in law between the Roman political heritage, Orthodox Christianity and Hellenic culture.


The Legend Of Basil The Bulgar Slayer

Author by : Paul Stephenson
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Description : The long reign of the Byzantine emperor Basil II (976-1025) has been considered a "golden age", in which his greatest achievement was the annexation of Bulgaria after a long and bloody war. Paul Stephenson reveals that the legend of the "Bulgar-slayer" was actually created long after his death. His reputation was exploited by contemporary scholars and politicians to help galvanize support for the Greek wars against Bulgarians in Macedonia during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.


Life And Society In Byzantine Cappadocia

Author by : Eric. Cooper
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Publisher by : Springer
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Description : This is the first in-depth historical study of Byzantine Cappadocia. The authors draw on extensive textual and archaeological materials to examine the nature and place of Cappadocia in the Byzantine Empire from the fourth through eleventh centuries.


Reading The Middle Ages

Author by : Barbara H. Rosenwein
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Publisher by : University of Toronto PressHigher education
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Description : "This is a vision of medieval history for the twenty-first century." - Claudia Rapp, UCLA


Book Review Digest

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The Social History Of Byzantium

Author by : John Haldon
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Publisher by : Wiley-Blackwell
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Description : Western civilization owes an incalculable cultural and historicaldebt to the Byzantine Empire. Before falling to the Ottoman Turksin the mid-fifteenth century, the empire flourished for more than athousand years, bridging the ancient and modern worlds. Byzantiumprofoundly influenced the pattern of cultural and politicaldevelopment in the lands it occupied and had an enduring influenceon neighboring societies. A Social History of Byzantium delves into a crucial andoften neglected strand of Byzantine studies – the socialhistory of the eastern Roman Empire. Drawing on a wealth of newresearch and with original essays by leading scholars, thisgroundbreaking work addresses a wide range of interconnected topicsand offers illuminating insights into our knowledge of Byzantinesociety. Exploring such issues as family life, social structure,religion, class, gender, and imperial power, this book reveals thecomplex social structure woven throughout the Byzantine world.