Hellenism in Byzantium: The Transformations of Greek Identity and the Reception of the Classical Tradition

Hellenism in Byzantium The Transformations of Greek Identity and the Reception of the Classical Tradition This text was the first systematic study of what it meant to be Greek in late antiquity and Byzantium an identity that could alternatively become national religious philosophical or cultural Throu

  • Title: Hellenism in Byzantium: The Transformations of Greek Identity and the Reception of the Classical Tradition
  • Author: Anthony Kaldellis
  • ISBN: 9780521876889
  • Page: 384
  • Format: Hardcover
  • This text was the first systematic study of what it meant to be Greek in late antiquity and Byzantium, an identity that could alternatively become national, religious, philosophical, or cultural Through close readings of the sources, Professor Kaldellis surveys the space that Hellenism occupied in each period the broader debates in which it was caught up and the histoThis text was the first systematic study of what it meant to be Greek in late antiquity and Byzantium, an identity that could alternatively become national, religious, philosophical, or cultural Through close readings of the sources, Professor Kaldellis surveys the space that Hellenism occupied in each period the broader debates in which it was caught up and the historical causes of its successive transformations The first section 100 400 shows how Romanisation and Christianisation led to the abandonment of Hellenism as a national label and its restriction to a negative religious sense and a positive, albeit rarefied, cultural one The second 1000 1300 shows how Hellenism was revived in Byzantium and contributed to the evolution of its culture The discussion looks closely at the reception of the classical tradition, which was the reason why Hellenism was always desirable and dangerous in Christian society, and presents a new model for understanding Byzantine civilisation.

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    1. A very good and comprehensive study on Hellenism in the medieval Roman Empire until the reconquest of Constantinople in 1261. It debunks all the mythology around a "Greekness of Byzantium" and clearly reestablishes the Roman identity of the so-called "Byzantines", thereby helping to repair the old historical distortions done due to the West's desire to sole inheritance of the Roman legacy and cultural prejudices, as Kaldellis rightly points out at the beginning of the book. It's a major referenc [...]

    2. This is another one of those 'scanning the shelves for something else entirely' discoveries. What caught my attention, after my reading in the spring and summer on the Second Sophistic, was the expression the 'Third Sophistic' for the revival of Attic language and rhetoric from the 11th to 13th centuries. Nor does this book disappoint. It has an excellent discussion of Hellenism in the Roman Empire including the 2nd Sophistic which gives a good background to what happened among the Byzantines. I [...]

    3. Fascinating book with a lot of new research. Kaldellis' other works are great too, and are related. Though substantial parts of this book are heavy (it is an academic book), it is well structured and not difficult to understand.

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