By Leslie Brubaker,Shaun Tougher

ISBN-10: 1409411583

ISBN-13: 9781409411581

The research of the kin is without doubt one of the significant lacunas in Byzantine experiences. Angeliki Laiou remarked in 1989 that ’the research of the Byzantine kinfolk continues to be in its infancy’, and this statement continues to be actual this day. the current quantity addresses this lacuna. It includes 19 chapters written via foreign specialists within the box which take quite a few techniques to the learn of the Byzantine relations, and embody a chronological span from the later Roman to the overdue Byzantine empire. The context is verified by way of chapters concentrating on the Roman roots of the Byzantine relations, the Christianisation of the kinfolk, and the character of the kin in contemporaneous cultures (the overdue old west and the Islamic east). Key methodological ways to the Byzantine relations are highlighted and mentioned, particularly prosopographical and existence direction techniques. The contribution of hagiography to the certainty of the Byzantine family members is analysed by means of a number of authors; different chapters at the family members and kids in artwork and at the archaeology of the center Byzantine condo discover the cloth facts which may make clear the Byzantine family members. total, the range of households that existed in Byzantium (blood, fictive, metaphorical) is emphasized, and chapters give some thought to the categorical instances of ascetic, monastic, aristocratic and peasant households, in addition to the imperial kin, that is illuminated via the comparative case of a Caliphal family members. the amount is crowned and tailed via a Preface and an Afterword by way of the editors, which tackle the kingdom of the sector and view the way in which forward. therefore the quantity is essential in placing the topic of the Byzantine family members in sharp concentration and surroundings the learn schedule for the future.

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