IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 608: Byzantium in Context, II: The Pleasure in Text - Interweaving Spiritual and Earthly Delights in Byzantium

Tuesday 2 July 2013, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Abteilung Byzanzforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien / Institute of Historical Research, Department of Byzantine Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation, Athens
Organiser:Ekaterini Mitsiou, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Abteilung Byzanzforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien / Department of Byzantine Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF), Athens
Moderator/Chair:Johannes Preiser-Kapeller, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Abteilung Byzanzforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Paper 608-aJoy and Pleasure of Profit as Seen by Late Byzantine Hagiographers
(Language: English)
Eleonora Kountoura-Galaki, Department of Byzantine Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF), Athens
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Hagiography, Language and Literature - Greek, Mentalities
Paper 608-bA Byzantine Cat Looking at a King: The Pleasure of Seeing the Emperor and Other 'Pleasures of the Mind'
(Language: English)
Nike Ekaterini Koutrakou, Societé Belge d'Études Byzantines, Roma / Athens Institute of Historical Research
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Language and Literature - Greek, Mentalities
Paper 608-cByzantine Nuns Struggling against Pleasure and Selfishness: A Successful Fight?
(Language: English)
Ekaterini Mitsiou, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Abteilung Byzanzforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien / Department of Byzantine Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF), Athens
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Greek, Monasticism
Abstract

This session aims at examining the implicit or explicit contrast between the two kinds of pleasure, spiritual and earthly, in a Byzantine context. The opposition body/soul, a commonplace in Christian mentality, could hide possible concurrences. Aspects of earthly and spiritual pleasures often encountered in the Byzantine texts, like the notions of profit, gift and spiritual struggle in a monastic environment, will be analysed. This will enable us to determine some of the major factors governing the ‘harmonisation’ of both kinds of pleasure in the Byzantine mentality.