The Cult of the Mother of God in Byzantium: Texts and Images

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Leslie Brubaker, Mary B. Cunningham
Ashgate Publishing, Ltd., 2011 - Religion - 306 pages
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This volume, on the cult of the Theotokos (Virgin Mary) in Byzantium, focuses on textual and historical aspects of the subject, thus complementing previous work which has centered more on the cult of images of the Mother of God. This international cast of scholars, consider the development and transformation of the cult from approximately the fourth through the twelfth centuries. The aim of this volume is to build on recent work on the cult of the Virgin Mary in Byzantium and to explore new areas of study. The rationale is critical and historical, using literary, artistic, and archaeological sources to evaluate her role in the development of the Byzantine understanding of the ways in which God interacts with creation by means of icons, relics and the Theotokos.
  

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Contents

Relics Icons Texts
1
The Mother of God as Guardian
31
The Virgin in Early Byzantine
39
Mary at the Crucifixion and Resurrection
47
Portrayals of Mary in Greek Homiletic Literature 6th7th
69
Wisdom Imagery and the Mother of
91
Epithets of the Theotokos in the Akathistos Hymn
109
Typological Images of Mary
133
Emotion and the Senses in Marian Homilies of the Middle
172
Medium Imagination and Presence
184
Some Byways of Marian Revelation
199
The Cult of the Virgin in
219
The Service of the Virgins Lament Revisited
247
Conclusion Not the Theotokos Again?
279
Index
289
Copyright

John of Damascus on the Mother of God as a Link Between
153

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Leslie Brubaker is Professor of Byzantine Art and Director of the Graduate School (College of Arts and Law) at the University of Birmingham. Her previous publications include Vision and Meaning in Ninth-Century Byzantium: Image as Exegesis in the Homilies of Gregory of Nazianzus (1999) and, with John Haldon, Byzantium in the Era of Iconoclasm: The Sources (2001). She has edited Byzantium in the Ninth Century: Dead or Alive? (1998) and co-edited, with Robert Osterhout, The Sacred Image East and West (1995) and, with Julia M. H. Smith, Gender in the Early Medieval World: East and West, 300 900 (2004).

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