Desire and denial in Byzantium

Desire and denial in Byzantium

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The papers in this volume derive from the 31st Spring Symposium of Byzantine Studies, held for the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies at the University of Sussex, Brighton, in March 1997. The papers in this volume, by a group of international scholars, explore the many different aspects of Byzantine perceptions towards their own humanity and the frailties of that humanity. Using evidence from archaeology, art history, and literary texts ranging from sermons to legal documents, these chapters reveal writings about love, both secular and religious; images of sexuality and sensuality; the law; and Byzantine attitudes to bodies and the senses.Letters fly to correspondents, cool their longing like dew, sweeten like honey, console the loss and cure the sickness of separated lovers, are a feast, a gift from God, the icon of the soul; medical ... But there are also indications - or maybe only straws in the wind - that the vocabulary of love and friendship in this period in secular ... 44 C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves (London, 1960) is the clearest, most schematic treatment of a view which owes a great deal to A. Nygren, Eros et agape.

Title:Desire and denial in Byzantium
Author:Liz James
Publisher:Variorum - 1999


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