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Hellenism in Byzantium: The Transformations of Greek Identity and the Reception of the Classical Tradition (Anthony Kaldellis) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2008) 9780521876889
Hellenism in Byzantium: The Transformations of Greek Identity and the Reception of the Classical Tradition (Anthony Kaldellis) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2008) 9780521876889
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Title: Hellenism in Byzantium: The Transformations of Greek Identity and the Reception of the Classical Tradition

Author: Kaldellis, Anthony

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2008

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521876889

Volumes: 1; Pages: 480

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This is 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 Romanization and Christianization 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 civilization.ContentsIntroductionPart I. Greeks, Romans, and Christians in Late Antiquity1. 'We too are Greeks!': the legacies of Hellenism2. 'The world a city': Romans of the east3. 'Nibbling on Greek learning': the Christian predicamentInterlude. Hellenism in limbo: the middle years (400-1040)Part II. Hellenic Revivals in Byzantium4. Michael Psellos and the instauration of philosophy5. The third sophistic: the performance of Hellenism under the Komnenoi6. Imperial failure and the emergence of national HellenismGeneral conclusions
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