Byzantine Christianity

Byzantine Christianity
  • Length: 128 pages
  • Published: March 13, 2018
  •  In stock
  • ISBN: 978-0-2810-7613-0
  • Item Code: P07613

". . . I have sailed the seas and come

To the holy city of Byzantium."

—W. B. Yeats

From the foundation of Constantinople in 330 to its fall in 1453, this brief history explores the key components of Byzantine Christianity, including the development of monasticism, icons and iconoclasm, the role of the emperor in relation to church councils and beliefs, the difficult relationship with the papacy, and the impact of the Crusades.

The book also considers Byzantine Christianity as a living force today: the variety and vitality of Orthodox churches, the role of the Church in Russia, and the enduring relevance of a spirituality derived from the church fathers.

"Averil Cameron's work has transformed our understanding of Byzantium, and here she offers an authoritative survey of its history and legacy . . . This is a lucid, informative and impressively wide-ranging brief history."

Gillian Clark FBA, emeritus professor of classics and ancient history, University of Bristol

Prof Dame Averil Cameron (DBE, FBA, FSA) is a research fellow at Keble College, Oxford, a member of the faculty of Classics, and chair of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research. She was warden of Keble College from 1994 to 2010, and before that she was professor of Late Antique and Byzantine History at King's College London, where she was also the first director of the Centre for Hellenic Studies. She is president of CBRL (Council for British Research in the Levant) and was president of FIEC (Fédération Internationale des Associations d'études Classiques) from 2009 to 2014.

BY Averil Cameron

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