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Title: Byzantine Women: Varieties of Experience 800-1200
Contributor(s): Garland, Lynda (author)
Publication Date: 2006
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Abstract: This volume brings together a group of international scholars, who explore many unusual aspects of the world of Byzantine women in the period A.D. 800-1200. The specific aim of this collection is to investigate the participation of women - non-imperial women in particular - in supposedly 'masculine' fields of operation. This new research across a range of disciplines attempts to provide an analysis of the activities of and attitudes towards Byzantine women in this period. Using evidence from sources as diverse as tax registers, monastic foundation documents, twelfth-century novels, historical texts, art historical evidence and the writings of women themselves, such as the hymnographer Kassia and the historian Anna Komnene, these papers elucidate the context in which Byzantine women lived. They emphasize the variety of female experiences, the circumstances that shaped women's lives, and the ways in which individual women were perceived by their society.Contributions focus on women's dress, their participation in the street life of Constantinople, their appearance in Byzantine fiscal documents, their monastic foundations, their engagement with entertainment at the imperial court, and the way heroines are portrayed in the Byzantine novels. Analysis of the writings of the hymnographer Kassia, the networking of Mary 'of Alania' and the ways she overcame the disadvantages of being a foreign-born empress, and the family values reflected in Anna Komnene's Alexiad, draw attention to specific problems. All these aim to expand our understanding of the circumstances that shaped women's lives and expectations in the Middle Byzantine period and to analyze the variety of women's experiences, the roles they played and the impact they made on society.
Publication Type: Book
Publisher: Ashgate Publishing Limited
Place of Publication: Great Britain
ISBN: 9780754657378
Field of Research (FOR): 210306 Classical Greek and Roman History
HERDC Category Description: A3 Book - Edited
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Extent of Pages: 226
Series Name: Publications of the Centre for Hellenic Studies, King's College London
Series Number : 8
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