Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Symposia and Colloquia
Every year Dumbarton Oaks hosts symposia and colloquia dealing with specific issues in Byzantine studies. Many of these events result in material that merit in-depth treatment. Books in Dumbarton Oaks Byzantine Symposia and Colloquia provide the considered results. Volumes, which may include authors not involved in the original event, treat a discrete set of questions and issues, and bring scholars from across fields and disciplines into conversation with each other.
Below is a list of in-print works in this collection, presented in series order or publication order as applicable.
Becoming Byzantine: Children and Childhood in Byzantium
Becoming Byzantine: Children and Childhood in Byzantium presents detailed information about children’s lives, and provides a basis for further study. This collection of eight articles covers matters relevant to daily life such as the definition of children in Byzantine law, procreation, death, breastfeeding patterns, and material culture.
The Old Testament in Byzantium
The Old Testament in Byzantium contains papers from a Dumbarton Oaks symposium based on an exhibition of early Bible manuscripts titled “In the Beginning: Bibles before the Year 1000.” Topics include manifestations of the holy books in Byzantine manuscript illustration, architecture, and government, as well as in Jewish Bible translations.
San Marco, Byzantium, and the Myths of Venice
The church of San Marco of Venice has long played a central role in Venetian political, ceremonial, and religious life. Its renowned assemblage of mosaics, sculpture, metalwork, and reliquaries are, in origin, Roman, Byzantine, Venetian, or Venetian imitation of Byzantine designs. In San Marco, Byzantium, and the Myths of Venice, the authors assess the significance of the embellishment of the church and its immediate surroundings, especially during the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, when most of the Byzantine material was acquired, largely from Constantinople.
Trade and Markets in Byzantium
How are markets in antiquity to be characterized? As comparable to modern free markets? As controlled by the State? Or in completely different terms, as free but regulated? Here, scholars address these and related questions by reexamining and reinterpreting records from Byzantium and its hinterland for local, regional, and interregional trade.
Viewing the Morea: Land and People in the Late Medieval Peloponnese
Viewing the Morea focuses on the late medieval Morea (Peloponnese), beginning with the bold attempt of Western knights to establish a kingdom on its soil. The authors explore how the groups of this contested region—Crusaders, Orthodox villagers, and Venetians—interacted, asserted identity, and recollected the ancient history of the Peloponnese.
Saints and Sacred Matter: The Cult of Relics in Byzantium and Beyond
Saints and Sacred Matter explores the embodied aspects of the divine—physical remains of holy men and women and objects associated with them. Contributors explore how relics linked the past and present with an imagined future in essays that discuss Christian and other religious traditions from the ancient world such as Judaism and Islam.
North Africa under Byzantium and Early Islam
Essays in North Africa under Byzantium and Early Islam include the legacy of Vandal rule in Africa, art and architectural history, archaeology, economics, theology, Berbers, and the Islamic conquest. They examine the ways in which the imperial legacy was re-interpreted, re-imagined, and put to new uses in Byzantine and early Islamic Africa.
The New Testament in Byzantium
The New Testament in Byzantium draws on the current state of textual scholarship and explores aspects of the New Testament, particularly as it was imagined in lectionaries, hymns, homilies, saints’ lives, miniatures, and monuments—framing Byzantine Christian theological inquiry, ecclesiastical controversy, and political thought.
Knowing Bodies, Passionate Souls: Sense Perceptions in Byzantium
Scholars have attended to aspects of sight and sound in Byzantine culture, but have generally left smell, taste, and touch undervalued and understudied. Through collected essays that redress the imbalance, the volume offers a fresh charting of the Byzantine sensorium as a whole.
The Holy Apostles: A Lost Monument, a Forgotten Project, and the Presentness of the Past
The essays in this volume reconsider from a variety of vantage points an early collaborative project of Dumbarton Oaks, which brought together a philologist, an art historian, and an architectural historian to reconstruct their own version of the Church of the Holy Apostles.
The Diagram as Paradigm: Cross-Cultural Approaches
The Diagram as Paradigm explores medieval diagrams in Byzantium, the Islamicate world, and the Latin West. Case studies consider the theoretical dimensions of diagramming in historical disciplines ranging from philosophy to cosmology. Four introductory essays provide overviews of diagrammatic traditions of the regions explored in this volume.