Wednesday, 13 July 2011

Ioannis Papadogiannakis - Christian Identity in Seventh-Century Byzantium: the Case of Anastasius of Sinai

The seventh-century collection of Anastasius of Sinai contains 103 questions and answers that possessed great resonance for contemporary Christians addressing a broad range of issues that defined several important aspects of what it meant to be Christian in the seventh century Byzantium. As important and influential as this collection has been, it has been used so far mostly as a source for historians. By analysing the everyday negotiation of a broad range of sexual, dietary, liturgical, theological and cosmological issues as reflected in the collection, this paper will suggest a new way in which this collection has yet to be understood.

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