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The Cult of the Mother of God in Byzantium :…

The Cult of the Mother of God in Byzantium : Texts and Images

by Leslie Brubaker (Editor), Mary B. Cunningham (Editor)

Other authors: Pauline Allen (Contributor), Rina Avner (Contributor), Margaret Barker (Contributor), Jane Baun (Contributor), Averil Cameron (Contributor)12 more, Dirk Krausmüller (Contributor), Derek Krueger (Contributor), Kallirroe Linardou (Contributor), Andrew Louth (Contributor), Henry Maguire (Contributor), Margaret Mullett (Contributor), Leena Mari Peltomaa (Contributor), Bissera V. Pentcheva (Contributor), Stephen J. Shoemaker (Contributor), Nancy P. Ševčenko (Contributor), Natalia Smelova (Contributor), Niki Tsironis (Contributor)

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Brubaker, LeslieEditorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cunningham, Mary B.Editormain authorall editionsconfirmed
Allen, PaulineContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Avner, RinaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Barker, MargaretContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Baun, JaneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Cameron, AverilContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Krausmüller, DirkContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Krueger, DerekContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Linardou, KallirroeContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Louth, AndrewContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Maguire, HenryContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Mullett, MargaretContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Peltomaa, Leena MariContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pentcheva, Bissera V.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Shoemaker, Stephen J.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Ševčenko, Nancy P.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Smelova, NataliaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Tsironis, NikiContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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This volume, on the cult of the Theotokos (Virgin Mary) in Byzantium, focuses on textual and historical aspects of the subject, thus complementing previous work which has centered more on the cult of images of the Mother of God. The papers presented here, by an international cast of scholars, consider the development and transformation of the cult from approximately the fourth through the twelfth centuries. This volume opens with discussion of the origins of the cult, and its Near Eastern manifestations, including the archaeological site of the Kathisma church in Palestine, which represents the earliest Marian shrine in the Holy Land, and Syriac poetic treatment of the Virgin. The principal focus, however, is on the 8th and 9th centuries in Byzantium, as a critical period when Christian attitudes toward the Virgin and her veneration were transformed. The book re-examines the relationship between icons, relics and the Virgin, asking whether increasing devotion to these holy objects or figures was related in any way. Some contributions consider the location of relics and later, icons, in Constantinople and other centres of Marian devotion; others explore gender issues, such as the significance of the Virgin's feminine qualities, and whether women and men identified with her equally as a holy figure. The aim of this volume is to build on recent work on the cult of the Virgin Mary in Byzantium and to explore areas that have not yet been studied. The rationale is critical and historical, using literary, artistic, and archaeological sources to evaluate her role in the development of the Byzantine understanding of the ways in which God interacts with creation by means of icons, relics, and the Theotokos.

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