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Tales from Another Byzantium

Celestial Journey and Local Community in the Medieval Greek Apocrypha

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Tales from Another Byzantium by Jane Baun
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The rich corpus of medieval Greek apocryphal religious literature has been little used by historians. This book is the first full-length study of two medieval Greek visionary journeys to heaven and hell: the Apocalypse of the Theotokos and the Apocalypse of Anastasia. Composed anonymously sometime between the ninth and eleventh centuries, both enjoyed a lively circulation in the Byzantine Empire and far beyond. Functioning on the fringes of the official church, they transmit both traditional and novel theological ideas, and shed new light on the reception of church doctrine and imperial governance by ordinary Byzantine Christians. Though their heroines tour the Other World, their true concern is this world, and the reinforcement of social, moral, and ritual norms within local communities. Providing original translations of both texts, the book probes the tales as manifestations of non-elite religious and moral culture in the medieval Orthodox Church.

Author Biography

JANE BAUN is a Fellow of Greyfriars Hall, Oxford, and a member of the Theology Faculty of Oxford University.
Release date NZ
November 15th, 2007
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Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Pages
474
Dimensions
174x247x27
ISBN-13
9780521823951
Product ID
1772249

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