By Leslie Brubaker,Shaun Tougher

ISBN-10: 1409411583

ISBN-13: 9781409411581

The research of the kinfolk is without doubt one of the significant lacunas in Byzantine stories. Angeliki Laiou remarked in 1989 that ’the examine of the Byzantine family members continues to be in its infancy’, and this statement continues to be actual this present day. the current quantity addresses this lacuna. It includes 19 chapters written via overseas specialists within the box which take various ways to the research of the Byzantine kinfolk, and embody a chronological span from the later Roman to the overdue Byzantine empire. The context is tested by means of chapters targeting the Roman roots of the Byzantine kinfolk, the Christianisation of the relations, and the character of the kinfolk in contemporaneous cultures (the overdue old west and the Islamic east). Key methodological ways to the Byzantine family members are highlighted and mentioned, specifically prosopographical and existence direction methods. The contribution of hagiography to the certainty of the Byzantine family members is analysed by means of a number of authors; different chapters at the kin and kids in paintings and at the archaeology of the center Byzantine apartment discover the fabric facts which may make clear the Byzantine relatives. total, the range of households that existed in Byzantium (blood, fictive, metaphorical) is emphasized, and chapters give some thought to the categorical circumstances of ascetic, monastic, aristocratic and peasant households, in addition to the imperial relations, that's illuminated via the comparative case of a Caliphal relatives. the amount is crowned and tailed by way of a Preface and an Afterword via the editors, which handle the country of the sector and look at the best way forward. therefore the amount is key in placing the topic of the Byzantine relations in sharp concentration and environment the learn time table for the future.

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