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Saints and SpectacleByzantine Mosaics in their Cultural Setting$
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Carolyn L. Connor

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190457624

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190457624.001.0001

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Urban Culture of the Ninth and Tenth Centuries

Urban Culture of the Ninth and Tenth Centuries

(p.73) Chapter 3 Urban Culture of the Ninth and Tenth Centuries
Saints and Spectacle

Carolyn L. Connor

Oxford University Press

The rich documentation of Byzantine texts, along with studies by historians, helps characterize the intellectual climate of the period following Iconoclasm. This is when the Middle Byzantine mosaic program seems to have made its appearance. The ninth and tenth centuries were deeply concerned with compilation, ordering, summarizing, and codifying all types of records. Of particular interest to us are texts such as the Typikon of the Great Church, Book of Ceremonies, and Synaxarium of Constantinople, along with illuminated manuscripts of the Homilies of Gregory of Nazianzus and the Menologium of Basil II, for they reflect in various ways patterns of the city’s ritual life. As indicated in the Book of Ceremonies, for example, imperial and religious leaders strove to impose taxis (order) throughout the system of administration, and welcomed, or even calculated, the reflection of this taxis in art.

Keywords:   Typikon of the Great Church, Book of Ceremonies, Homilies of Gregory of Nazianzus, Menologium of Basil II, taxis

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