Theophylact of Ochrid: Reading the Letters of a Byzantine Archbishop

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Edition: 1st
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Pub. Date: 1997-10-28
Publisher(s): Routledge
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Summary

Few works exist on Byzantine literature as literature and still fewer studies of individual texts. This reading of the letter-collection (c.1090-c.1110) of Theophylact of Ochrid employs a variety of approaches to characterise a work which is both a literary artefact in a long Greek tradition and the only trace of a complex network of friends, colleagues, patrons and clients within Byzantine Bulgaria and also within the empire as a whole.These letters are of great importance from the point of view of local economic or ecclesiastical history, relations with the Slavs, the arrival of the First Crusade, but have not hitherto been studied as an example of Byzantine letter writing. This was a genre taken seriously by Byzantines, offering us unique insight into the mentality of the Byzantine elite, but also into what the Byzantines regarded as literature.This book is important as an attempt to raise the status of the study of Byzantine literature, and of letters within that literature. It is a first attempt to place an epistolary text in a succession of literary and historical contexts; its aim, too, is to probe the reliability of any rhetorical text for straightforward biography especially at the time of the revival fiction in Byzantium. At the heart of the book is an analysis of the personal network of Theophylact, as presented in the collection, with further methodological discussion of network analysis in medieval texts.

Table of Contents

A note on using this book ix(1)
List of illustrations
x(1)
Abbreviations xi(3)
Preface xiv(2)
Map of Theophylact's Letter-Network
xvi(1)
Map of Theophylact's Bulgaria
xvii
1 Text and Context
1(10)
2 Genre and Milieu
11(68)
Issues of genre
11(32)
1 Epistolarity
11(12)
2 Evaluation
23(8)
3 Reception
31(12)
Theophylact's milieux
43(36)
4 Eleventh-century Constantinople
43(10)
5 Byzantine Bulgaria
53(16)
6 Alexian Literature
69(10)
3 Collection and Network (I) Portrait of a collection
79(84)
1 Dating and Ordering
79(19)
2 Preoccupations and Concerns
98(35)
3 Rhetoric
133(30)
4 Collection and Network (II) Portrait of a network
163(60)
1 Detecting Theophylact's Network
163(15)
2 Theophylact's First Order Zone
178(23)
3 The Uses of Network
201(22)
5 Author and Man
223(56)
Theophylact the author
223(38)
1 Theophylact as Auctor
223(7)
2 Letters in the Oeuvre
230(17)
3 Other People's Letters
247(14)
Theophylact the man
261(18)
4 The Constantinopolitan
261(5)
5 The Bulgarian
266(8)
6 The Exile
274(5)
6 Context and Text
279(104)
The Collection
291(56)
The Network
347(36)
Tables
383(26)
I Concordance of Numbers
385(2)
II Lost Letters
387(3)
III Letters referred to
390(1)
IV Silence referred to
391(1)
V Communication Problems
391(1)
VI Documents requested
392(2)
VII Letters received
394(4)
VIII Bearers of the Letters
398(3)
IX Gifts in the Letters
401(2)
X Journeys in the Letters
403(6)
Bibliography 409(16)
Index 425

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