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Word and Image in the Byzantine Culture - 16-17/11/2017, Lublin (Poland)


This conference will be dedicated to the analysis of literary descriptions and images, particularly icons and frescoes, important for the Byzantine culture. In terms of written works, descriptions from the sources of events important for the life of Constantinople court and patriarchate, religious events as such, battles, ethnogenesis and ethnography of barbarian nations, as well as descriptions of cities or their respective buildings will be considered. Attention will also be given to methodological considerations on the essence of ekphrasis in antiquity and the Middle Ages. In this perspective, an important place is taken by the question of the origins of these descriptions and their historical transmission leading to the creation of a specific literary topos. The next link is, finally, the impact of individual Byzantine literary topoi on the Western European authors. Therefore, it will be a presentation of these fragments from the literary sources which can be regarded as a kind of key-descriptions which, in turn, played a model role in the history of the Byzantine literature and contributed to the emergence of a distinctive spirit of the Byzantine literature.

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 16-17/11/2017

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: The Holy Trinity Chapel (Kaplica św. Trójcy) (Lublin, Poland)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Lublin Museum (Muzeum Lubelskie w Lublinie) ; Department of History of the Church in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, KUL (Catholic University Of Lublin) ; Department of Ancient and Byzantine History, KUL




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