IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 714: The Cultures and Contexts of the Madrid Skylitzes, III: History and Narrative in Byzantium and Sicily

Tuesday 13 July 2004, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:AHRB Centre for Byzantine Cultural History / Skylitzes Project
Organisers:Bente Bjørnholt, AHRB Centre for Byzantine Cultural History, University of Sussex
Margaret E. Mullett, Institute of Byzantine Studies, Queen's University, Belfast / AHRC Centre for Byzantine Cultural History
Moderator/Chair:Judith Green, School of History, Queen's University, Belfast
Paper 714-aJohn Skylitzes' Synopsis historiarum: Which Cultures?, Which Clash?
(Language: English)
Catherine Holmes, University College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Greek
Paper 714-bSkylitzes on Regime Change and Varangian Cultural Autonomy
(Language: English)
Alastair Carroll, Institute of Byzantine Studies, Queen's University Belfast
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Scandinavian
Paper 714-cA Story for Sicily: History and Narrative in the Byzantine 12th Century
(Language: English)
Margaret E. Mullett, Institute of Byzantine Studies, Queen's University, Belfast / AHRC Centre for Byzantine Cultural History
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Greek
Abstract

The illustrated manuscript of the Chronicle of the Byzantine official John Skylitzes (Bibl.nac.vitr.26-2) in Madrid was produced in Norman Sicily in the 12th century. The text does not betray the Sicilian origins of this copy of the chronicle, but the images which follow the narrative of the text relate very clearly to Latin, Byzantine and Islamic visual cultures. Four linked sessions will contextualise the manuscript in terms of art, narrative, and milieu as well as the wider context of the meeting of cultures. This session will explore the cultural tensions in the original text and in its literary context.