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New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture

Heavenly Sustenance in Patristic Texts and Byzantine Iconography

Nourished by the Word

Authors: Ene D-Vasilescu, Elena

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  • Explores the manner in which Patristic authors refer to the religious needs of the human soul
  • Argues that hagiographic iconography along the Via Egnatia from the twelfth to fourteenth centuries should be understood both within a biological and a spiritual framework 
  • Analyses aspects of the circulation of Bogomil ideas in the Balkans and the reaction in Byzantine iconography to their dissemination
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This book examines ideas of spiritual nourishment as maintained chiefly by Patristic theologians –those who lived in Byzantium. It shows how a particular type of Byzantine frescoes and icons illustrated the views of Patristic thinkers on the connections between the heavenly and the earthly worlds. The author explores the occurrence, and geographical distribution, of this new type of iconography that manifested itself in representations concerned with the human body, and argues that these were a reaction to docetist ideas. The volume also investigates the diffusion of saints’ cults and demonstrates that this took place on a North-South axis as their veneration began in Byzantium and gradually reached the northern part of Europe, and eventually the entirety of Christendom. 

About the authors

Elena Ene D-Vasilescu is a Tutor and a Research Fellow at the University of Oxford, UK. Her teaching and research focus on Patristics and Byzantine Studies. She is the editor of Devotion to St. Anne in Texts and Images (2018), and co-editor, with Mark Edwards, of Visions of God and Ideas on Deification in Patristics Thought (2016). She has also published other books and many articles; among the most recent of her articles there are “Generation (γενεά) in Gregory Nazianzen’s poem On the Son” (2017); “Early Christianity about the notion of time and the redemption of the world” (2017), and “Late Developments in Meta-Byzantine Icon-Painting” (2017).

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-5

    Ene D-Vasilescu, Elena

  • The Connection Between Heavenly Nurture and Biological Sustenance in the Ancient World

    Pages 7-32

    Ene D-Vasilescu, Elena

  • Other Faith Encounters and Instances of Milk Nourishment

    Pages 33-42

    Ene D-Vasilescu, Elena

  • Anne’s Veneration as a Part of the Cult of the Saints

    Pages 43-53

    Ene D-Vasilescu, Elena

  • Patristic Texts About Saint Anne’s Role as an Intercessor with Regard to the Alleviation of People’s Barrenness and Healing in General: Proliferation of Her Cult

    Pages 55-78

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Hardcover $84.99
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Heavenly Sustenance in Patristic Texts and Byzantine Iconography
Book Subtitle
Nourished by the Word
Authors
Series Title
New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-98986-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-98986-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-98985-3
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 196
Number of Illustrations
12 illustrations in colour
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