The Reception of the Virgin in Byzantium - pr_130761

The Reception of the Virgin in Byzantium

Marian Narratives in Texts and Images

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This book explores how the Virgin Mary's life is told in hymns, sermons, icons, art, and other media in the Byzantine Empire before AD 1204. A group of international specialists examines material and textual evidence from both Byzantine and Muslim-ruled territories that was intended for a variety of settings and audiences and seeks to explain why Byzantine artisans and writers chose to tell stories about Mary, the Mother of God, in such different ways. Sometimes the variation reflected the theological or narrative purposes of story-tellers; sometimes it expressed their personal spiritual preoccupations. Above all, the variety of aspects that this holy figure assumed in Byzantium reveals her paradoxical theological position as meeting-place and mediator between the divine and created realms. Narrative, whether 'historical', theological, or purely literary, thus played a fundamental role in the development of the Marian cult from Late Antiquity onward.

Product code: 9781108476287

ISBN 9781108476287
Explores how the Virgin Mary's life is told in many different ways in hymns, sermons, icons, art, and other media in the Byzantine Empire before AD 1204. Argues that these narratives played a fundamental role in the development of the Marian cult from Late Antiquity onward.