IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 114: Political, Cultural, and Literary Encounters in the Mediterranean, I: East Meets West

Monday 12 July 2004, 11.15-12.45

Organisers:Eleni Sakellariou, Department of History & Archaeology, University of Ioannina
Kostas Yiavis, Selwyn College, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Daniel Duran i Duelt, Institución Milá y Fontanals, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas, Barcelona
Paper 114-bThe Cyprus Passion Play as a Trace of the Historical Encounter of Cultures
(Language: English)
Karin Boklund-Lagopoulou, School of English, Aristotle University, Thessaloniki
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Crusades, Language and Literature - German, Performance Arts - Drama
Paper 114-cByzantine Perceptions of the Crusades
(Language: English)
Eleni Sakellariou, Department of History & Archaeology, University of Ioannina
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Crusades, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 114-dImberios and Margarona: A Byzantine Rhymed Romance and its Western European Analogues
(Language: English)
Kostas Yiavis, Selwyn College, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - French/ Occitan, Language and Literature - Greek
Abstract

This is the first of two sessions examining cultural interaction in the Mediterranean between the 12th and the 15th centuries. It concentrates on the encounter of cultures in the Eastern Mediterranean in three complementary ways. First, with the paradigm of two literary works, a 13th-century passion play from Cyprus and a Greek rhymed version of a romance, which borrow from Western literary genres. Second, with a discussion of Byzantine attitudes to the Crusades and of their impact on Modern Greek historiography; and third, with an examination of the struggle of the Paleologan dynasty to maintain control over a foreign merchant community in Constantinople, the Catalans.