Vision and Meaning in Ninth-Century Byzantium: Image as Exegesis in the Homilies of Gregory of Nazianzus (Cambridge Studies in Palaeography and Codicology)

By Leslie Brubaker

This e-book facilities at the reproduction of the Homilies of Gregory of Nazianzus produced in Constantinople round 880 for the emperor Basil I as a present from the patriarch Photios. The manuscript contains forty-six complete web page miniatures, so much of which don't without delay illustrate the textual content they accompany, yet in its place offer a visible remark. imaginative and prescient and which means in Ninth-Century Byzantium bargains with how such conversation labored, and examines the kinds of messages that photographs may well show in ninth-century Byzantium.

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