The Byzantine Empire – the Christianized Roman Empire – very soon defined itself in terms of correct theological belief, 'orthodoxy'. The terms of this belief were hammered out, for the most part, by bishops, but doctrinal decisions were made in councils called by the Emperors, many of whom involved themselves directly in the definition of 'orthodoxy'. Iconoclasm was an example of such imperial involvement, as was the final overthrow of iconoclasm. That controversy ensured that questions of Christian art were also seen by Byzantines as implicated in the question of orthodoxy.
The papers gathered in this volume derive from those presented at the 36th Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies, Durham, March 2002. They discuss how orthodoxy was defined, and the different interests that it represented; how orthodoxy was expressed in art and the music of the liturgy; and how orthodoxy helped shape the Byzantine Empire's sense of its own identity, an identity defined against the 'other' – Jews, heretics and, especially from the turn of the first millennium, the Latin West. These considerations raise wider questions about the way in which societies and groups use world-views and issues of belief to express and articulate identity. At a time when, with the enlargement of the European Union, questions of identity within Europe are once again becoming pressing, there is much in these essays of topical relevance.
Contents: Preface; Introduction, Andrew Louth. Section I Defining Orthodoxy: The question of Nicene orthodoxy, John Behr; Gregory of Nazianzus as the authoritative voice of orthodoxy in the 6th-century, Caroline Macé; Theotokos–Diadochos, Dirk Krausmüller; Methodios and his synod, Patricia Karlin-Hayter; Prochoros Cydones and the 14th-century understanding of orthodoxy, Norman Russell. Section II Orthodoxy in Art and Liturgy: In the beginning was the Word…: art and orthodoxy at the Councils of Trullo (692) and Nicaea II (787), Leslie Brubaker; …and the Word was with God…: what makes art orthodox?, Liz James; …and the Word was God: art and orthodoxy in late Byzantium, Robin Cormack; The British Museum triumph of orthodoxy icon, Dimitra Kotoula; Medieval Byzantine chant and the sound of orthodoxy, Alexander Lingas; Byzantine hymns of hate, Archimandrite Ephrem (Lash). Section III Orthodoxy and the Other: Can we speak of Jewish orthodoxy in Byzantium, Nicholas de Lange; The apostolic foundation stone: the conception of orthodoxy in the controversy between Photius of Constantinople and Isaac surnamed Mrut, Igor Dorfmann-Lazarev; The orthodoxy of the Latins in the 12th century, Tia M. Kolbaba. Epilogue: Some constant characteristics of the Byzantine orthodoxy, Sergei Averintsev. Index.
About the Editor: Andrew Louth is Professor and Augustine Casiday is Leverhulme Fellow, both in the Department of Theology and Religion at the University of Durham, UK.
Reviews: ‘… this volume is a welcome collection of careful research and clear expression on the orthodoxies we usually fail to recognize, whether in the Byzantine or other contexts. Andrew Louth's most insightful introduction, which sets the papers into the larger context of historical theology while also relating them to each other, is especially commended to the reader.’ Logos: A Journal of Eastern Christian Studies
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