Desire and Denial in Byzantium: Papers from the 31st Spring by Liz James

By Liz James

The papers during this quantity derive from the thirty first Spring Symposium of Byzantine stories held for the advertising of Byzantine reviews on the collage of Sussex, Brighton, in March 1997. hope, intercourse, love and the erotic usually are not phrases frequently linked to Byzantium and Byzantine reviews, in contrast to celibacy, virginity and asceticism, which extra conveniently are evoked. that allows you to research even if the stability among those extremes wanted redressing, hope and denial was once followed because the subject matter for this symposium. The papers during this quantity, via a bunch of foreign students, discover the various diverse facets of Byzantine perceptions in the direction of their very own humanity and the frailties of that humanity. utilizing proof from archaeology, paintings background and literary texts, starting from sermons to criminal records, those chapters exhibit writings approximately love, either secular and spiritual; pictures of sexuality and sensuality; the legislation; and Byzantine attitudes to our bodies and the senses. What the symposium illustrated is that the query of wishes within the Byzantine global is important, and that such wishes can supply insights into Byzantine conceptions in their personal world.

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