JM: And overall, the account copes with an unsteady tension between constituencies: not only between Byzantinists
as believers or faith-sympathetic antiquarians and functionally atheist modernists, but also between a classic-cum-modern position and a postmodernism that has become so doctrinaire that a law might have been passed condemning monotheistic religion as oppressive meta-narrative.
Nonnus had languished in obscurity for far too long, with both classical Hellenists and Byzantinists
regarding him as not one of "their own", as the editor well puts it in the Preface.
This study will certainly remain the authority on the subject for some time and will be gladly welcomed by liturgists, Byzantinists
, and Eastern Christian theologians.
PIMIC is a cooperative effort by a team of western medievalists, Arabists and Byzantinists
-eight partners from prestigious academic institutions and two private sector companies- in order to propose a four years ITN program.
In fact, he never touches this period, evidently considering it unrepresentative of Byzantine history and culture --an attitude unfortunately found among many Byzantinists
Four Byzantine Novels: Theodore Prodromos, 'Rhodanthe and Dosikles'; Eumathios Makrembolites, 'Hysmine and Hysminias'; Constantine Manasses, 'Aristandros and Kallithea'; Niketas Eugenianos, 'Drosilla and Charikles' (Translated Texts for Byzantinists
, 1), Liverpool, Liverpool University Press, 2012; hardback; pp.
Koprulu states at the beginning of his book that all the contemporary western European Byzantinists
, Ottomanists and scholars of Islamic history such as Rambaud, Diehl, Gibbons, Kramers, and Ducange asserted that Ottomans simply borrowed and inherited Byzantine institutions and the genius behind Ottoman state building was this Roman-Byzantine institutionalism.
Al-Qaddumi's book gave rise to a series of innovative articles by Islamicists and Byzantinists
alike, including Anthony Cutler, Oleg Grabar, Eva Hoffman, and Alicia Walker.
He has had to assume some minimal familiarity with Greek in order to say anything at all, but his account spans the disciplines of classicists, Byzantinists
, neo-Hellenists, and historical linguists, and to be accessible to all, he has had to skirt the favorite jargon of any.
But in recent years the work of a new generation of talented Byzantinists
has given us English translations of many long-inaccessible primary sources, including an extensive body of military texts.
will certainly have wish lists of things that should have received more emphasis, and they may contest the positive interpretation.
As such, this text should be read not only by Byzantinists
, but also by scholars focusing on the western tradition.