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A Cabinet of Byzantine Curiosities

A Cabinet of Byzantine Curiosities

Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from History's Most Orthodox Empire

  • Author: Anthony Kaldellis
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0190625945
  • Category: Byzantine Empire
  • Page: 256
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Weird, decadent, degenerate, racially mixed, superstitious, theocratic, effeminate, and even hyper-literate, Byzantium has long been regarded by many as one big curiosity. According to Voltaire, it represented "a worthless collection of miracles, a disgrace for the human mind"; for Hegel, it was "a disgusting picture of imbecility." A Cabinet of Byzantine Curiosities will churn up these old prejudices, while also stimulating a deeper interest among readers in one of history's most interesting civilizations. Many of the zanier tales and trivia that are collected here revolve around the political and religious life of Byzantium. Thus, stories of saints, relics, and their miracles-from the hilarious to the revolting-abound. Byzantine bureaucracy (whence the adjective "Byzantine"), court scandals, and elaborate penal code are world famous. And what would Byzantium be without its eunuchs, whose ambiguous gender produced odd and risible outcomes in different contexts? The book also contains sections on daily life that are equally eye-opening, including food (from aphrodisiacs to fermented fish sauce), games such as polo and acrobatics, and obnoxious views of foreigners and others (e.g., Germans, Catholics, Arabs, dwarves). But lest we overlook Byzantium's more honorable contributions to civilization, also included are some of the marvels of Byzantine science and technology, from the military (flamethrowers and hand grenades) to the theatrical ("elevator" thrones, roaring mechanical lions) and medical (catheters and cures, some bizarre). This vast assortment of historical anomaly and absurdity sheds vital light on one of history's most obscure and orthodox empires.

A Companion to Isidore of Seville

A Companion to Isidore of Seville

  • Author: Andrew Fear,Jamie Wood
  • Publisher: BRILL
  • ISBN: 9004415459
  • Category: History
  • Page: 688
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A standard work in nineteen chapters from leading international scholars on bishop Isidore of Seville (d. 636), addressing the contexts in which the seventh-century bishop lived and worked, exploring his key works and activities, and finally considering his later reception.

A Cabinet of Greek Curiosities

A Cabinet of Greek Curiosities

Strange Tales and Surprising Facts from the Cradle of Western Civilization

  • Author: J. C. McKeown
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • ISBN: 0199982104
  • Category: History
  • Page: 286
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The legacy of the Greeks touches all aspects of modern life, and the world we live in would be unrecognizable without its influence. And yet, as A Cabinet of Greek Curiosities abundantly demonstrates, the Greeks were as disposed toward mysterious customs, peculiar superstitions, and uproarious opinions as any ancient or modern culture. Like its Roman predecessor, this volume is a captivating compendium of odd facts, strange beliefs, outlandish opinions, and other highly amusing trivia from the world of ancient Greece. Classicist J. C. McKeown has organized the entries in this volume around major themes - Food and Drink, Religion, Magic, Sex, Athletics, Drama, Animals, etc. - allowing for quick browsing or more deliberate consumption. For students and laypersons, this makes for a delightful and unexpected journey into the "glory that was Greece." Here's a sample: On post-Olympic careers: The least successful athletes, those who have never won any victories, suddenly call themselves trainers, and start shouting in harsh and barbarous tones, just like pigs -Galen On the value of education: Aristotle used to say that education was an ornament in prosperity, a refuge in adversity -Diogenes Laertius On viniculture: Mendaean is the wine that the gods themselves piss on their soft couches -Hermippus On dreams: A dream involving one's stepmother is not good, whether she is alive or dead -Artemidorus On the perils of travel: In Libya there is a city calledDionysopolis that can never be located twice by the same person -Strabo On hygiene: Since the baths are of no practical value, we should avoid them. In the old days, people called them "human laundries" for they caused the body to wrinkle and grow old prematurely -St. Clement of Alexandria On the cosmos: The moon resembles the earth in that its surface is inhabited. The animals and plants, however, are bigger and more attractive than those here; the animals there are fifteen times as big,and do not void excrement -Philolaus On myth: They say that a monster used to come out of the sea to attack the Trojans. If they gave it young girls to eat, it would go away, but otherwise it would ravage their land. Who could fail to see that it is silly to suppose that people could strike a bargain with a fish? -Palaephatus

A Pagan in Byzantium

A Pagan in Byzantium

  • Author: Paul Coulter
  • Publisher: Heartwood Press
  • ISBN: 1456342592
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 426
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A PAGAN IN BYZANTIUM spans the Sixth Century A.D. from the death gasps of the Roman Empire through the rise of Byzantine power to the onset of the Dark Ages. Flavus Agricola is a military engineer who helps to build the Hagia Sophia, the most impressive construction project the world had ever seen. He witnesses imperial intrigue, revolution, war, and conquest. He's befriended by the great general Belisarius and his fidelity-challenged wife Antonina. Through them, he comes to know the driven Emperor Justinian, and the brilliant Empress Theodora.

Kunst und Alchemie

Kunst und Alchemie

das Geheimnis der Verwandlung

  • Author: Sven Dupré,Museum Kunstpalast
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Alchemy in art
  • Page: 280
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Kunst und Alchemie verbindet ein ehrgeiziges Ziel: die Vervollkommnung der Natur. Von rätselhaften, allegorischen Darstellungen von Jan Brueghel d.Ä. und Albrecht Dürer bis hin zu Werken von Yves Klein und Anish Kapoor spürt der opulente Band dem facettenreichen Austausch von Alchemie und Kunst nach. Zu allen Zeiten haben Künstler sich mit den Wissenschaften ihrer Zeit auseinandergesetzt. Kunst und Alchemie durchdringen sich auf vielfältige Weise, wie die Werke berühmter Künstler vom 16. Jahrhundert bis heute zeigen. Dient die Kunst als Mittel bildlicher Darstellung alchemistischer Inhalte, bedient sie sich umgekehrt neuer Verfahren der Alchemie wie der Gewinnung von Pigmenten. Beide lassen neue Welt-Bilder entstehen und offenbaren sich Lesern und Betrachtern in den verschlüsselten Botschaften ihrer jeweiligen Geheimsprache. Durch die Augen der Künstler öffnet sich der Blick auf die inspirierende Kraft der Alchemie, die in bis die Gegenwart reicht. Exhibition: Stiftung Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, Germany (5.4.-10.8.2014)

Wonderful Things

Wonderful Things

Byzantium Through Its Art : Papers from the Forty-second Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies, London, 20-22 March 2009

  • Author: Liz James
  • Publisher: Routledge
  • ISBN: 9781409455141
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 328
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The essays collected in this book were delivered at the XLII Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies, held in London in 2009 to accompany the exhibition Byzantium 330-1453, at the Royal Academy. The exhibition was one of the most ambitious and complex exhibitions ever mounted at the Royal Academy, as well as one of the most popular, and the overall aim of the book is to reflect on the exhibition of Byzantine art, both as an academic and popular exercise, and through the choice and discussion of individual objects. Exhibitions present a very different picture of Byzantium and its culture from works of history. The choices of object for display, their arrangement, and the underlying aims of exhibition curators and designers mean that every exhibition presents a different picture of Byzantium. Particular emphases can be placed, whether on everyday life or high court culture; Constantinople or the provinces; or claims of continuity or change over the Byzantine millennium. The essays explore aspects of the image of Byzantium that results from these choices. Given the enormous popularity of exhibitions of Byzantine objects (continued after the completion of this volume by exhibitions in Paris, Bonn and Istanbul), art has become one of the most popular and accessible means of popularizing Byzantium to a wide public audience. Hitherto there has been no general consideration of either the historiography of Byzantine exhibitions or the ways in which they have been set up to present different aspects of Byzantine culture to an academic and general public. The essays are divided into 3 sections: Exhibiting Byzantium sets the 2009 exhibition into the context of other exhibitions of Byzantine art and considers the issues involved in curating and viewing such major collections of medieval art; Object Lessons offers a set of studies of individual objects that were in the exhibition; Byzantium through its Art moves to consider Byzantine art more widely, thinking about the different ways in which objects can be used to study Byzantine culture and society. These are preceded by an introduction by the editors which sets the volume in context.

Book Review Digest

Book Review Digest

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  • Category: Bibliography
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A Dictionary of the English and German Languages: German and English

A Dictionary of the English and German Languages: German and English

  • Author: Christoph Friedrich Grieb
  • Publisher: N.A
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  • Category: English language
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Englisch-deutsches und deutsch-englishches wörterbuch mit einer tabellarischen uebersicht der von den neueren englischen orthoepisten verschieden ausgesprochenen wörter: bd. Deutsch-englisch

Englisch-deutsches und deutsch-englishches wörterbuch mit einer tabellarischen uebersicht der von den neueren englischen orthoepisten verschieden ausgesprochenen wörter: bd. Deutsch-englisch

  • Author: Christoph Friedrich Grieb
  • Publisher: N.A
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  • Category: German language
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Bibliographie D'histoire de L'art

Bibliographie D'histoire de L'art

Mots-matière

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  • Category: Art
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