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Miracle Tales from Byzantium (Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library)

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Miracles occupied a unique place in medieval and Byzantine life and thought. This volume makes available three collections of miracle tales never before translated into English. Together, the collections offer an exceptional variety of miracles from the Byzantine era.

First are the fifth-century Miracles of Saint Thekla. Legendary female companion of the Apostle Paul, Thekla counted among the most revered martyrs of the early church. Her Miracles depict activities, at once extraordinary and ordinary, in a rural healing shrine at a time when Christianity was still supplanting traditional religion. A half millennium later comes another anonymous text, the tenth-century Miracles of the Spring of the Virgin Mary. This collection describes how the marvelous waters at this shrine outside Constantinople healed emperors, courtiers, and churchmen. Complementing the first two collections are the Miracles of Saint Gregory Palamas, fourteenth-century archbishop of Thessalonike. Written by the most gifted hagiographer of his era (Philotheos Kokkinos), this account tells of miraculous healings that Palamas performed, both while alive and once dead. It allows readers to witness the development of a saint's cult in late Byzantium. Saints and their miracles were essential components of faith in medieval and Byzantine culture. These collections deepen our understanding of attitudes toward miracles. Simultaneously, they display a remarkable range of registers in which Greek could be written during the still little-known Byzantine period.

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Miracles occupied a unique place in medieval and Byzantine life and thought. This volume makes available three collections of miracle tales never before translated into English. They deepen our understanding of attitudes toward miracles and display the remarkable range of registers in which Greek could be written during the Byzantine period.

About the Author

Alice-Mary Talbot is Director of Byzantine Studies, Emerita, at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection.Scott Fitzgerald Johnson is Dumbarton Oaks Teaching Fellow in Postclassical and Byzantine Greek in the Classics Department at Georgetown University.

Georgetown University

Product Details

ISBN:
9780674059030
Author:
Talbot, Alice-mary
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Author:
Talbot, Alice-Mary
Author:
Johnson, Scott Fitzgerald
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
History
Subject:
Literary Criticism : General
Subject:
Literary Criticism-Medieval
Subject:
History - Medieval
Edition Description:
Cloth
Series:
Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library
Series Volume:
12
Publication Date:
20120531
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in

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Fiction and Poetry » Classics » General
Fiction and Poetry » Classics » Greek » Texts
History and Social Science » Western Civilization » Medieval
History and Social Science » World History » Medieval and Renaissance
Humanities » Literary Criticism » General
Religion » Comparative Religion » General

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