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Intercultural Encounters in Medieval Greece after 1204
The Evidence of Art and Material Culture

S. Kalopissi-Verti, V. Foskolou (eds.)
approx. 550 p., 220 b/w ill. + 16 colour ill., 156 x 234 mm, 2022
ISBN: 978-2-503-59850-5
Languages: English
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This volume is a contribution to the ongoing scholarly dialogue on a crucial topic, viz. the relations between East and West and their reflection in art and culture in late medieval Greece.

Based on the evidence of artistic production and material culture this collective volume aims at exploring cross-cultural relations and interaction between Greeks and Latins in late medieval Greece in the aftermath of the Fourth Crusade. Fourteen essays discuss mostly new and unpublished archaeological and artistic material, including architecture, sculpture, wall-paintings and icons, pottery and other small finds, but also the evidence of music and poetry. Through the surviving material of these artistic activities this volume explores the way Byzantines and Latins lived side by side on the Greek mainland and the Aegean islands from the thirteenth to the fifteenth centuries and traces the mechanisms that led to the emergence of the new, composite world of the Latin East. Issues of identity, patronage, papal policy, the missionary activities of the Latin religious orders and the reactions and responses of the Byzantines are also re-considered, offering fresh insights into and a better understanding of the various manifestations of the interrelationship between the two ethnicities, confessions and cultures.

Sophia Kalopissi-Verti is Professor Emerita of Byzantine Archaeology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens. She is co-director of excavations of early Byzantine sites on the island of Kos (Dodecanese) and at Sinai, and the author of a book on Dedicatory Inscriptions and Donor Portraits in Thirteenth-Century Churches of Greece. 

Vicky Foskolou is Assistant Professor of Byzantine Archaeology at the University of Crete. Her research focuses on Byzantine monumental painting and iconography, cross-cultural exchanges between Byzantium and the West, and aspects of private devotion in the Byzantine world.

Interest Classification:
Religion (including History of Religion) & Theology
Christian Church : Institutional History
Eastern & Orthodox Churches (from c. 312)
Western Church : history & papacy
Fine Arts & Performing Arts
Art History (general)
Byzantine art history
Architecture
Byzantine architecture
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : main subdisciplines
Political & institutional history
Cultural & intellectual history
Religious history
Medieval European history (400-1500) : auxiliary sciences
Archaeology
Medieval European history (400-1500) : genres & specific topics
Crusades
Medieval European history (400-1500) : local & regional history
Balkans & Near East

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