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Michael Psellos on Literature and Art

A Byzantine Perspective on Aesthetics

Michael Psellos (author) Charles Barber (editor)
Stratis Papaioannou (editor)

ISBN: 9780268100490

Publication Date: Apr 2017

Format: Paperback

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Michael Psellos has long been known as a key figure in the history of Byzantine literary and intellectual culture, but his theoretical and critical reflections on literature and art are little known. The aim of this volume is to illustrate an important chapter in the history of Greek literary and art criticism and introduce precisely this aspect of Psellian writing to a wider public.
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Michael Psellos has long been known as a key figure in the history of Byzantine literary and intellectual culture, but his theoretical and critical reflections on literature and art are little known outside of a small circle of specialists. Most famous for his Chronographia, a history of eleventh-century Byzantine emperors and their reigns, Psellos also excelled in describing as well as prescribing practices and rules for literary discourse and visual culture. The ambition of Michael Psellos on Literature and Art is to illustrate an important chapter in the history of Greek literary and art criticism and introduce precisely this aspect of Psellian writing to a wider public. The editors of this volume present thirty Psellian texts, all of which have been translated - some in part, most in their entirety - into English.  In the majority of cases, the works are translated for the first time in any modern language, and several are discussed at length here for the first time. They are grouped into two separate sections, which roughly translate to two areas of theoretical reflection associated with the modern terms "literature" and "art." As such, these texts display Byzantine views, attitudes, and ultimately tastes regarding what is thought to be beautiful as well as moral, and appealing as well as mentally and psychologically effective, in texts and artistic objects.

Contributors: Christine Angelidi, Christopher M. Geadrities, Elizabeth A. Fisher, David Jenkins, Anthony Kaldellis, Demetrios Kritsotakis, Antony Littlewood, and Jeffrey Walker.

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This book is a major contribution not only to the field of Psellian studies in particular, but also the major field of Byzantine aesthetics in general. To my knowledge, it is the first effort to bring together a host of particular texts (all by the pen of Michael Psellos) that touch upon literary theory, visual aesthetics, and aesthetics in a wider sense." - Alexander Alexakis, chair, department of philology, University of Ioannina
Pages 430
Dimensions 229 x 152
Date Published 30 Apr 2017
Publisher University of Notre Dame Press
Series Michael Psellos in Translation
Subject/s Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500   Literary studies: classical, early & medieval   Philosophy: aesthetics   History of art: Byzantine & Medieval art c 500 CE to c 1400  
Charles Barber is professor of art and archaeology at Princeton University.

Stratis Papaioannou is associate professor of classics and director of the Program of Medieval Studies at Brown University.

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