Subject Area: Byzantine Studies

An Examination of Church-State Relations in the Byzantine and Russian Empires with an Emphasis on Ideology and Models of Interaction
2001 0-7734-7350-5
This study examines church-state relations from the Eastern Christian tradition, as manifested in the policies and practices of the Byzantine Empire, the Mongol Empire, and medieval Russia, and their implications for modern times.

Basil I Founder of the Macedonian Dynasty
2007 0-7734-5405-5
This study provides a re-examination of the life and accomplishments of Emperor Basil the First (811 - 886) who reigned as sole ruler of the Eastern Roman Empire from 867-886 and established a dynasty that endured for nearly two centuries. Since the publication of Albert Vogt’s, the distinguished French Byzantinist, Basile Ier empereur de Byzance et la civilization à la fin du IXe siècle in 1908, the work has served as the standard reference to the founder of the Macedonian dynasty. However, since that time the scholarly depiction of the ninth century has been altered and illuminated by advances in research and more recent discoveries. Therefore, by thoroughly surveying previous studies on the topic and then focusing on the neglected area of Basil’s political and military activities, the author provides this much needed and long overdue re-examination of this Byzantine emperor.

Corpus Parisinum
2007 0-7734-5300-8
The Corpus Parisinum is the name given by 19th century scholars to the collections contained in cod. Par. gr. 1168, later discovered also in cod. Bodl. Digby 6. The Corpus Parisinum is a gnomologium, or a series of gnomologia, i.e. collections containing relatively brief excerpts, maxims, anecdotes and aphorisms. There are over 2000 such selections in the Corpus Parisinum attributed to hundreds of authors and historical figures, ranging from the archaic Greek poet Theognis down to the ecclesial writer John Climax. The selections are all in Greek and attributed nearly exclusively to Greeks, with minor exceptions such as Cato and Cicero. The Corpus Parisinum has been utilized for the standard editions of Stobaeus (Hense), fragments of the Pre-Socratics (Diels), the monostichs of Menander (Jaekel), among others. However, the corpus as a whole has never before been edited, despite continued references to it, e.g. in the most recent collection of fragments of Greek Comic Poets (Poetae Comici Graeci, ed. Kassel / Austin). At the beginning of the 20th century, the German scholar, Anton Elter, announced his forthcoming edition, but this never reached publication. The present edition is the first one to make the complete text available to scholars.

The Corpus Parisinum occupies an important place in the history of medieval Greek florilegia and anthologies, because, as previous scholars such as Elter proved, it was the chief source of the profane or pagan selections in the widely circulated Loci Communes of pseudo-Maximus and related compilations, such as that attributed to Antonius Melissa. Both these latter works have frequently been used by editors of the fragments of lost works, though not always with an understanding of their underlying sources.

The Corpus Parisinum includes a collection of Christian texts from the Bible, various Church Fathers and Philo. This part occupies about one-fourth of the total. After a brief series of theosophic oracles, the remainder is taken up by a significant collection of excerpts arranged by author (Plutarch, Aristotle, Isocrates, Democritus etc.), then a significant extract from Stobaeus, a version of the Gnomologium Byzantinum (Democritus-Isocrates-Epictetus), then a collection of anecdotes and apophthegms related to the Gnomologium Vaticanum and, finally, over 300 monostichs of Menander.

In the introduction to the edition, a brief synopsis of the Greek gnomological tradition is offered, along with a survey of scholarship and a discussion of the methodological difficulties pertaining to the editing of gnomological and anthological texts. The critical edition which follows provides an innovative four-level apparatus. A working translation to English and a commentary offering the reader orientation regarding the various selections are supplied in Volume Two, along with extensive appendices and indices.

This edition will be of interest for scholars working on the reception of classical culture, in anthologies and similar forms of indirect textual transmission for a variety of authors, and even for those working more with the history of ideas and ethical traditions.

Eusebius of Caesarea's Imperial Theology and the Politics of the Iconoclastic Controversy
2013 0-7734-4476-9
The Byzantine Iconoclastic controversy (ca. 726-843) was a debate over the legitimacy of the liturgical use of images. It had important political and theological implications, which modern scholarship generally tends to treat unconnectedly. Professor Ba? successfully explicates the relationship between the political and theological dimensions of the controversy in this fascinating book.

History of the Balkans a Regional Overview From a Bulgarian Perspective Vol.i
1993 0-7734-1956-X
This is a Bulgarian view on the history of Eastern Europe and the world. It covers the origin of the Bulgars, medieval Bulgaria, the Byzantine Empire, the five-centuries-long Ottoman rule, the rise of Balkan nationalism, and the history of Bulgaria, the Balkans and Eastern Europe from Bulgaria's constitution as a sovereign state in 1879 up to 1992.

Influence of Augustine of Hippo on the Orthodox Church
1991 0-88946-733-1
Shows that Augustine created a "Greek-Christian synthesis" based on Neo-Platonism, which removes him from the Orthodox mind and the Patristic tradition. Argues that the theology of Augustine is not the apex of the Patristic tradition, but the beginning of a new one, and is incompatible with the theology of the Orthodox Church, with the difference between the two accounting in part for the separation of Eastern Orthodoxy and Roman Catholicism.

Iohannis or De Bellis Libycis of Flavius Cresconius Corippus
1998 0-7734-8242-3
This is the first modern translation, with a useful introduction, of Corippus’ epic work. It is a major source of historical information about the reign of Justinian and especially about the wars of reconquest which that emperor waged it North Africa. Since it provides a good deal of information about the native Berber tribes of North Africa, it is an important text for ethnographers and anthropologists. Finally, it may be considered the last classical Latin epic. Produced in a Byzantine Christian and North African context, it is also a significant example of literary adaptation.

Meaning of Byzantium in the Poetry and Prose of W.b. Yeats: The Long Schoolroom
2004 0-7734-6364-X
This book is an exploration of the interrelationship among Yeat’s 1925 version of his prose work, A Vision; his two poems Sailing to Byzantium and Byzantium from the same period; and the Byzantine icon The Christ Pantokrator. The poems in question are undoubtedly Yeats’ most critically evaluated and frequently anthologized poetic works, and are certainly among the most significant poems of the modernist era. There has been no other work that has taken this particular approach or applied its conclusions to a reading of the poetry. This work will bring all this preceding scholarship together in a single source, as well as formulate what then ought to be a resulting interpretation of those richly complex (sometimes impenetrably so) and symbolic poems.

Relations Between Pre-Islamic Turks and Georgians From the Third to the Ninth Century. A History of Byzantine - Persian Politics in the Caucasus
2014 0-7734-0058-3
Book was born out of the gap existing in the Georgian historiography. It brings a new point of view on the history of the pre-Islamic Turks and their influence and relationships with the Georgians over many centuries of cultural, political, and social interaction.

Rise of the Church of Russia in 9-14th Centuries: Medieval Russian Christian Culture From the Literary Sources and Archeological Evidence
2001 0-7734-3372-4

Role of the Orthodox Church in Russian History From Byzantine Era to the Present
1999 0-7734-3247-7
Today when Russia is suffering from economic and political insecurities, this book gives hope through its spiritual insight into the origins and thousand-year-long history of Holy Russ. Presenting new and original insight into the founding of the Byzantine faith as a world religion and a cultural phenomena arising out of the antique world and the spiritual influences of the Near East and Egypt. The author also gives us invaluable information about the church and secular figures, the creators of the original spirituality so important to today’s life of crisis. Igoumen Ioann is one of the most prominent contemporary Russian religious thinkers. He is Rector of the Russian Orthodox University, Head of the Department for Religious Education and Catechism of the Holy Synod of the Moscow Patriarchate of the Russian Orthodox Church. In Russian

Stories of Attila the Hun’s Death Narrative, Myth, and Meaning
2001 0-7734-7446-3
As a “world-historical” figure, Attila the Hun captured the imaginations of Roman imperial chroniclers and early Germanic epic poets alike. Specifically, the momentous event of Attila’s death was interpreted quite differently as it became incorporated into various Roman, Byzantine, and gothic narratives. Working within the tradition of narrative studies and drawing upon the ideas of historian Hayden White as well as structuralist/narrativist literary theory, this study explores and interprets the rich ideological contradictions surrounding the ‘stories’ of Attila’s death which circulated in the late classical and early medieval world.

Theological and Spiritual Dimensions of Icons According to St. Theodore of Studion
2002 0-7734-6911-7
Theodore’s theology of icon, even as it represents a culmination in the field, has not received the attention it deserves. This book systematically combines historical and theological scholarship in a way that illuminates the coherence in the original texts otherwise difficult to understand by contemporary readers. With an existential engagement the study presents the theology of icon and discusses spiritual dimensions and implications in practical life.

Xenophon’s cyropaedia: A Late Byzantine Recension with Facing Page English Translation (two Book Set)
2010 0-7734-3843-2
This edition of Cyropaedia includes the readings preferred in Byzantine times and those discarded to produce a full critical apparatus. The work provides scholars with a new text of the semi-historical life of the founder of the Persian Empire and insight into the methods of scholars from the last great Byzantine renaissance.