Session109
TitleByzantine Exceptionalism: New Perspectives
Date/TimeMonday 3 July 2017: 11.15-12.45
 
SponsorMary Jaharis Center for Byzantine Art & Culture, Hellenic College Holy Cross, Massachusetts
 
OrganiserChristian Raffensperger, Department of History, Wittenberg University, Ohio
 
Moderator/ChairChristian Raffensperger, Department of History, Wittenberg University, Ohio
 
Paper 109-a Constantinople: Court, Crowd, and Classicism
(Language: English)
Benjamin Anderson, Department of the History of Art, Cornell University
Index Terms: Byzantine Studies; Historiography - Modern Scholarship
Paper 109-b Early Muscovite Views of Byzantium
(Language: English)
Monica White, Department of Russian & Slavonic Studies, University of Nottingham
Index Terms: Byzantine Studies; Historiography - Medieval
Paper 109-c How Byzantine Was Late Antique Egypt?
(Language: English)
Darlene Brooks Hedstrom, Department of Near Eastern & Judaic Studies, Brandeis University, Massachusetts
Index Terms: Architecture - General; Byzantine Studies
 
AbstractThe debate about the place of Byzantium in the premodern world is far from finished. Was Byzantium simply Rome and thus incomprehensible in comparison with anything else? Was it instead just another medieval state, among many? Was it 'other' or were its neighbors 'other' to it? This panel uses archaeological, art historical, and historical perspectives, as well as new vantage points, including Rome, Muscovy, and Egypt, to look at the place of Byzantium in the medieval world. This discussion will help medievalists, Byzantinists, and others think through their characterization of not just Byzantium but their own objects of study.