The Byzantine Court

Source of Power and Culture

DERLEYEN(LER): 
Ayla Ödekan
Nevra Necipoğlu
Engin Akyürek

TRANSLATED BY: Nina Ergin

LANGUAGE: English

CATEGORY: Anthropology
PAGES: 243
SIZE: 19,5 x 25 cm.
EDITION: 1. Print, January 2013
HARDCOVER ISBN: 9786055250171
HARDCOVER PRICE: 50 TL

The Byzantine Court: Source of Power and Culture,” was selected, on the other hand, in view of Constantinople’s essential role as Byzantine imperial capital soon after its foundation by the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great on 11 May 330.

The designation of Istanbul by the European Union’s Council of Ministers as the European Capital of Culture for 2010 was instrumental in the decision to focus on Constantinople in the Second International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Symposium, which was held on 21–23 June 2010 at the Istanbul Archaeological Museum. The particular theme of the symposium, “The Byzantine Court: Source of Power and Culture,” was selected, on the other hand, in view of Constantinople’s essential role as Byzantine imperial capital soon after its foundation by the Roman Emperor Constantine the Great on 11 May 330. The aim of the symposium was to evaluate, from administrative, political, social, economic, and religious perspectives, the impact of the political power that spread out from the Great Palace and, as of the twelfth century, from the Blachernai Palace to the rest of the empire, and to investigate the reflections of this power in the cultural sphere.

Presented in this volume are thirty out of the forty papers delivered at the Second International Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Symposium. The papers have been grouped under the following four section headings: “Byzantine Palace Architecture,” “The Byzantine Court as the Center of Imperial Power,” “Ceremonies at the Court and in the City,” and “Court Culture and Visual Arts.”

CONTENTS

Abbreviations

Preface/ Ömer M. Koç

Editors’ Foreword / Ayla Ödekan, Engin Akyürek, Nevra NEcipoğlu

Opening Speech / Ayla Ödekan

1. BYZANTINE PALACE ARCHITECTURE

The Byzantine Court as a Physical Space / Albrecht Berger

Excavations at the Byzantine Great Palace (Palatium Magnum) in the Area of the Old Sultanahmet Jail / Asuman Denker

Water and the Great Palace in Constantinople / James Crow

The Rotunda at the Myrelaion in Constantinople: Pilaster Capitals, Mosaics, and Brick Stamps / Philipp Neiwöhner

The Architecture of the Aristocratic Palaces in Constantinople in Written Sources / Peter Schreiner

Constantinople, Konya, Conical Kiosks, Cultural Confluence / Scott Redford

The New Palace of the Mehmed Fatih and its Byzantine Legacy / Simon Malmberg

2. THE BYZANTINE COURT AS THE CENTER OF IMPREIAL POWER

Power Building and Power Space in Byzantine Constantinople: The Ethics and Dynamics of Construction and Conservation / Paul Magdalino

Palatial Gardens as Symbols of Imperial Power / Antony R. Littlewood

The Emperor as Cosmopolitan Ruler: Imagining Middle Byzantine Imperial Power / Alicia Walker

The Great Palace and the Iconoclast Emperors / Marie-France Auzépy

Female Space at the Byzantine Court / Judith Herrin

Daily Life at the Blachernai Palace: The Servants of the Imperial Bedchamber (1261-1354) / Frouke Schrijver

Emblems of Power in Palaiologan Constantinople / Robert G. Ousterhout

Between the Imperial Court and Western Maritime Powers: The Impact of Naturalizations on the Economy of Late Byzantine Constantinople / David Jacoby

Circulation of People between the Byzantine and Ottoman Courts / Nevra Necipoğlu

3. CEREMONIES AT THE COURT AND IN THE CITY

Art, Ceremony, and Spiritual Authority at the Byzantine Court / Henry Maguire

Processions and Public Spaces in Early and Middle Byzantine Constantinople / Leslie Brubaker

From the Hippodrome to the Reception Halls of the Great Palace: Acclamations and Dances in the Service of

Imperial Ideology / Brigitte Pitarakis

De Cerimoniis: The Revival of Antiquity in the Great Palaceand the ‘Macedonian Renaissance’ / J. Michael Featherstone

Dressed to Kill: Middle Byzantine Military Ceremonial Attire / Maria G. Parani

Diplomacy as Performance: Power Politics and Resistance between the Byzantine and the Early Medieval Islamic Courts / Koray Durak

Inside and Outside the Palace: Ceremonies in the Constantinople of Palaiologoi / Ruth Macrides

4. COURT CULTURE AND VISUAL ARTS

Did Byzantium Have a Court Literature? / Margaret Mullet

History Writing as Political Propaganda in Late Byzantium / Apostolos Karpozilos

The School in Byzantium: Structures and Problems / Athanasios Markopoulos

Translations from Greek into Arabic at the Court of Mehmed the Conqueror / Maria Mavroudi

Antiquarianism and Revivalism in Late Byzantine Court Culture and Visual Arts / Ivana Jevtić

Cultural Aspects of Power in the Byzantine Empire: The Court as Patron of Metal Art Objects / Meryem Acara Eser

Byzantine Lead Seals Representing the Kanikleios of the Imperial Palace

Closing Speech / Ayla Ödekan

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