Byzantium, its neighbours and its cultures / edited by Danijel Dzino and Ken Parry.
Contributor(s): Dzino, Danijel | Parry, Kenneth.Material type: BookSeries: Byzantina Australiensia: 20.; Byzantina Australiensia Online, ISBN: 9789004353220: Publisher: Brisbane : Australian Association for Byzantine Studies, 2014Description: 1 online resource (vi, 294 pages) : illustrations (some color), maps.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9789004344914.Other title: Byzantium, its neighbors and its cultures.Subject(s): Diplomatic relations | Byzantine Empire -- Foreign relations -- Europe | Byzantine Empire | Europe | Middle EastDDC classification: 949.5013 Online resources: DOI:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Preliminary Material / Danijel Dzino and Ken Parry -- Introduction: Byzantium, its neighbours and its cultures / Danijel Dzino and Ken Parry -- Bunkers, open cities and boats in Byzantine diplomacy / Jonathan Shepard -- Imperial ideology and commemorative culture in the Eastern Roman Empire, 284-450 CE / Caillan Davenport -- Church with incomplete biography: plans for the consolidation of Byzantine rule on the Adriatic at the beginning of the ninth century / Mladen Ančić -- Local knowledge and wider contexts: stories of the arrival of the Croats in De Administrando Imperio in the past and present / Danijel Dzino -- Female virtue, Euripides, and the Byzantine manuscript tradition in the fourteenth century / Eva Anagnostou-Laoutides -- Exchange of palatine architectural motifs between Byzantium, Persia and the Caliphate / Nigel Westbrook -- Rome and Persia: rhetoric and religion / Tim Briscoe -- Faith as a frontier: the Photian homilies on the invasion of the Rus / Dimitri Kepreotes -- Egypt in the Byzantine imagination: cultural memory and historiography, fourth to ninth centuries / Ken Parry -- History of Wars: narratives of crises in power relations between Constantinople and Italy in the sixth century / Renato Viana Boy -- 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 / Ivo Topalilov -- Between the old Rome and the new: imperial co-operation circa 400-500 CE / Meaghan McEvoy -- Sailors, merchants and the maritime cults that sailed into the ports (and streets) of early Byzantium / Janet Wade -- Index / Danijel Dzino and Ken Parry.
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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.