Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Saints Lives

Below is a list of in-print works in this collection, presented in series order or publication order as applicable.

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1.Cover: Holy Women of Byzantium: Ten Saints' Lives in English Translation

Holy Women of Byzantium: Ten Saints' Lives in English Translation

Talbot, Alice-Mary

These ten holy women, whose vitae range from the tenth to the thirteenth centuries, represent a wide variety of Byzantine female saints. From nuns disguised as monks to desert harlots, these holy women exemplify some of the divergent paths to sanctification in Byzantium. These vitae are also notable for their details of Byzantine life, providing information on family life and household management, monastic routines, and even a smallpox epidemic.

2.Cover: Byzantine Defenders of Images: Eight Saints' Lives in English Translation

Byzantine Defenders of Images: Eight Saints' Lives in English Translation

Talbot, Alice-Mary

These vitae feature holy men and women who opposed imperial edicts and suffered for their defense of images, from the nun Theodosia whose efforts to save the icon of Christ Chalkites made her the first iconodule martyr, to Symeon of Lesbos, the pillar saint whose column was attacked by religious fanatics.

3.Cover: The Life of Lazaros of Mt. Galesion

The Life of Lazaros of Mt. Galesion

Greenfield, Richard P. H.

The vita of Lazaros, here translated into English for the first time, was written shortly after his death by a disciple, Gregory the Cellarer. The vita makes it clear that Lazaros’s reputation was questioned during his lifetime and reveals the existence of a sometimes startling hostility toward him on the part of local church officials, neighboring monasteries, and even his own monks. It is a refreshing piece of hagiography that provides a fascinating and unusual glimpse into the dynamics of the making, or breaking, of a holy man’s reputation.

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