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Byzantium 330-1453 for $57.50

Something that may interest some of you. I have been contacted by a New York publisher who has copies of the 2008 catalogue from the Byzantium: 330-1453 exhibition. The copies are available at $57.50 which is a lot lower than … Continue reading

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Women, Men and Eunuchs: The Three Sexes in Byzantium

A highly topical subject. Professor Liz James, University of Sussex, explores the different roles and lifestyles allocated to the three sexes who made up Byzantine society: men, the most important; women, the least significant; and eunuchs, neither one nor the … Continue reading

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Icons and the Practice of Prayer – Rowan Williams

As we approach Easter, here is another chance to listen to this fascinating talk by the Archbishop of Canterbury, His Grace Dr Rowan Williams. Icons are – among other things – practical aids to meditative prayer, and painted in a … Continue reading

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The Making of Byzantium 330-1453

Byzantium 330–1453 Dr Adrian Lock, exhibition co-curator of the Byzantium exhibition explains what goes into making such an important event so successful. Listen here. You will have to download but it is only 30 Mb. Related article: Byzantium: Looking at a … Continue reading

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Icons and Iconoclasm: Religious Imagery in Christianity, Judaism and Islam

Another audio recording from events running along with the Byzantium 330-1453 exhibition Listen here. You will have to download but it is only 30 Mb. In contrast to the polytheistic religions and their exuberant depictions of their many gods, Christianity, Judaism … Continue reading

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Byzantium: Looking at a Mirage

We look back to the hugely successful 2008/09 exhibition that took place at London’s Royal Academy. Listen to this superb introduction delivered by curator Robin Cormack by clicking here. You will have to download but it is only 25 Mb. Related … Continue reading

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Easter and Byzantine Liturgical Music

Something that is perhaps little known is the wealth of Byzantine liturgical music that has survived. The style of music is perhaps personified by the chant, but later pieces have a closer affinity to Western musical styles that we might associate with the Renaissance. This is no coincidence as contact between East and West increased after the retaking of the City from the Latins. Continue reading

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