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Charles Mitchell and Edward W. He kept diaries of his travles, most of which diarries have been lost. But, before they were lost, Scalamonti, his friend, wrote a Vita Kyriaki Anacontini, supplmented by family oral history. This remains a sources up to , after which we have some of the diaries. This is the first critical edition and translation. Recueil des historiens des Croisades , Paris, Imprimerie royale, , 16 Vols Historiens occidentaux.
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It seems to be expected that the reader is familiar with the sources and research concerning the Late Antique and Byzantine rhetorical theory. Meanwhile, aiming at the reader who is not a specialist in this field, 10 it would be reasonable to describe in more detail, what the progymnasmata are and what is the subject of each of the four parts of corpus Hermogenianum.
In the section on the Late Antique theory, Menander of Laodikeia is not mentioned at all, whereas his treatises greatly influenced the rhetorical practice of the Byzantines and were used by the compilers of textbooks and compendia. In general, in this essay unlike the other chapters of CIHB there are few mentions of specific authors and their works - only the main stages of development are outlined.
Besides, almost nothing is told about the contribution of scholars of the Paleologan period, although the 13th - the beginning of the 14th c. Does it mean that the Byzantines did not study Hermogenes at school, but immediately took up the speeches of Demosthenes or Libanios and so comprehended the rules of rhetoric? For example, the structure of the enkomion prescribed by Aphthonios is easily revealed in a plenty of secular panegyrics and hagiographic encomia. There are also some minor inaccuracies in this chapter, of which we bring only one into focus. He gives two examples of such professionals — Eustathios of Thessalonike and Gregory of Nazianzos.
The fact is that literary criticism of the Byzantines began to be studied relatively recently. Now we have at our disposal a number of articles and works on Byzantine literary criticism, but all this is research on individual authors. The creation of a general overview was the task of Bourbouhakis himself, and he performed it brilliantly. The literary criticism of the Byzantines is analyzed in chronological order, which allows us to trace its evolution. The only fundamental objection concerning this chapter is that Bourbouhakis - like Dickey in Chapter 4 - limits himself to the framework of the classical heritage.
It shows both in the title of the chapter and in the selection of material: only those cases where Byzantine authors express their opinion about the ancient literature are taken into account. In that case, much more could be told about Michael Psellos as a literary critic. Judgments about the style of contemporaries can be found also in the works of other authors, for example, John Tzetzes. The political theory of the Byzantines is a well explored subject. A significant contribution to its study was made by Magdalino himself, whose monograph on Manuel Komnenos 16 is well known to any Byzantinist.
It is analyzed how the ideology of the imperial power changed with time, the main stages and trends are distinguished. The author limited himself to the period from to , i. However, the breakdown of this ideology after does not make it less interesting, and it remains to be regretted that this period did not receive at least a brief description within the framework of this chapter.
Many Byzantine intellectuals of the Paleologan period speculate on political theory and, most importantly, Theodore Metochites and George Gemistos Plephon. The latter even proposes a concept of constitutional monarchy, completely innovative for the Byzantine state. In general, the Paleologan period is interesting because the thinkers of this era, foreseeing the rapid collapse of the Roman power, reflect on the very foundations of Byzantine ideology and often re-evaluate them. Firstly, one could question the point of view expressed at the beginning of the chapter — that there survives only a small number of treatises on government and political theory of the Middle Byzantine period p.
This statement is refuted by the author himself, considering a number of monuments of the 7th th centuries immediately related to political theory. Mirrors of princes and legislative sources of this period constitute a fairly extensive fund, allowing to trace the evolution of political thought. Even if we divide surviving representations into these three groups this can be a difficult task , such a classification will still be hardly relevant. Belonging to different groups will not mean different images.
Krallis shows that when writing history, Byzantine authors express the opinion of a particular social group or pursue their personal goals. Mainly, the period from the 9th to the 12th c. One could hardly dispute the fact that almost any historical work antique, medieval or modern is politically biased, and to reveal the political tendency of a historian is an important task of a researcher. However, to what extent is such a study appropriate within the framework of the intellectual history?
In this context, it does not matter that historian A praised the present ruler B and criticized the overthrown C, because A was an approximate of B — it is important what criteria this author chooses for criticism and praise. The negative image of the emperor could be created in different ways: the emperor could be portrayed as the incarnation of Evil Justinian by Procopius of Kaisareia , as a drunkard and lover of horseraces Michael III by Theophanes Continuatus or as a tyrant violating laws Alexios I Komnenos by John Zonaras.
This problem is stated by Krallis at the beginning of the chapter, but in fact he addresses it very rarely. As we know, Theophanes the Confessor and John Zonaras subjected their sources to ideological correction and viewed the past through the prism of modernity — this trend would be important to analyze.
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To our opinion, attributing republican views to John Zonaras is hardly correct. Kaldellis, 18 but the discussion of his monography is beyond the scope of this review. A series of similar examples of small inaccuracies could be continued. It is now time for the proponents of this field to reflect philosophically what it is that they study and on what grounds and with what legitimisation they study it.
They are quite aware that some patristic writers, for example Maximos the Confessor, were called philosophers by the Byzantine Church tradition. However, they argue that the very meaning of philosophy, and the understanding of its place and its role within this tradition were so different from its traditional philosophical meaning, that from our point of view, which is external to that of the Byzantine Christian world, it would be wrong to accept this Byzantine terminology.
I will not repeat the arguments put forward by the authors of this chapter. I will not discuss at length the case of Gregory Palamas. Firstly, one could stress that Maximos was quite aware of the difference between philosophical and purely theological approaches in which arguments were taken from the Holy Scripture and tradition. Such philosophical patristic writers Maximos is the greatest among them certainly differ from those purely theological patristic authors who rely mainly on Scripture and the Fathers.
Now, what is a right term for expressing this difference? Calling that practice theological or philosophical is a matter of terminology. However, it is clear that it was important to the thinkers of Late Antiquity, both Christian and pagan. Speaking about natural contemplation in Maximos, following M. Harrington 28 I must underline that unlike many other Byzantine Fathers Maximos treated natural contemplation as a necessary and obligatory part of Christian life.
However, one point should be made here. The later, in its philosophical sophisticated variant, cannot be considered obligatory for a Christian, because it demands a high philosophical culture and good education available only to a small elite. Not every person is called to this task.
However, natural contemplation as a way to purify the mind and obtaining knowledge, is necessary for any true Christian. In other words, he or she is called to contemplate the spiritual basis of creation, which is rooted in the Logos; but only a few are called to the rational, accurate and slow work of ascension to God via creation and to rational clarification of the essence of the intuitive contemplation of the logoi of creation.
Moreover, certainly, only few can participate in polemics with teachings that deform that essence. There is a special question about the relationship between intuitive, spiritual contemplation and the rational argument of its essence. Unfortunately, in the later Byzantine tradition these ideas of Maximos, expressed especially in Ambigua to John , were forgotten or marginalized. The place of natural philosophy was again discussed during the Palamite controversy, both sides of which tried to use Maximos as their authority and support.
However, the importance of natural contemplation with reference to Maximos was stressed mainly by the party that tried to oppose that contemplation to the mystical Hesychast practices, 32 while in Maximos there is no opposition between natural contemplation and mystical theology. Gregory Palamas, on the other hand, placed his main emphasis on the importance of the Hesychast practices and mystical union with God.
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As for natural contemplation and its importance for Christian life, Palamas in this polemics for the understandable reasons, did not give to it that important and necessary place that Maximos did. So, while I would agree in many points with Gutas an Siniossoglou with regard to the Byzantine tradition in general, 34 especially about the late Byzantine period , the case of Maximos the Confessor is more complicated.
His ideas, especially his view of the law written in nature as an equally important for the Christian life as Scriptures and tradition may serve as an important meeting point of philosophy and Christian theology, a meeting point that was not for the most part used as such in Byzantium. The intellectual history of Byzantium would be unthinkable without these themes, which were common to both pagan philosophers and Christian authors. The chapter may well serve as a general introduction to the teachings on providence, fate and free choice by the main Neoplatonists and Christian authors of the period.
It gives a broad overview of the theme, pays attention to many important authors and describes their views on the subject adequately. Perhaps, it could also have been important to pay more attention to the history of the relevant ideas that may throw some light on their true meaning, as well as the changes those ideas underwent in the writings of individual pagan or Christian authors. Middle Platonists and Later Platonist were engaged in polemics with the Stoics, and it is hard to understand their teaching without knowing those of the Stoics.
On the basis of that criticism, they elaborated their own concept of providence understood as an intellection and a will of a transcended God that was different from God Himself but reflected His absolute goodness. It would be important to stress here that already in polemics with the Stoics the Middle Platonists introduced the difference between providence and fate. The highest transcended and good, God must not be responsible for evil that occurred in the sphere of reality that was under the laws of fate.
Fate itself was understood in ontological meaning as the World Soul or Nature, and in judicial meaning as laws in which violation entailed punishment. Besides, it was a point of departure for Nemesios, who himself influenced greatly Maximos the Confessor Maximos perhaps rediscovered his teaching. Parry rightly speaks about the influence of Nemesios on Maximos p. One may add in this context that the very definitions of providence that Maximos and John of Damascus used came from Nemesios, and the history of these definitions and their origin can be traced to the Middle Platonists.
Later, Maximos the Confessor fulfilled the task of combining those two aspects. After Hierocles, he also speaks at some length about Theodoret of Cyrrus p. One may also mention John Chrysostom in this context. An interesting comparison can be made here. Its sources in Evagrios, Nemesios and Ps-Dionysios are well and truly established pp. Parry deals with both teaching at some length p. It is to add several points to his generally accurate but too brief an observation. It played a crucial role in Christology, in his logoi theory, his ecclesiology, his anthropology, his ethics and his teaching on love.
Before reviewing this chapter I would like to point out that Maximos is generally considered to be one of the main figures of the CIHB , and rightly so.