IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 708: Byzantium in Context, III: Byzantium at Leisure: Preferences, Appearances, and Social Pursuits

Tuesday 2 July 2013, 14.15-15.45

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:Efi Ragia, Department of Byzantine Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF), Athens
Moderator/Chair:Eleonora Kountoura-Galaki, Department of Byzantine Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF), Athens
Paper 708-aLuxury, Ostentation, and Idleness: Some Remarks on the Generic Vices of Byzantine Emperors
(Language: English)
Alicia Simpson, Department of Byzantine Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF), Athens
Index terms: Art History - General, Byzantine Studies, Language and Literature - Greek, Mentalities
Paper 708-b'Εντεύξεις' and the 'Political' Party: Gatherings, Friendships, and Social Profiles in 11th-12th-Century Byzantium
(Language: English)
Efi Ragia, Department of Byzantine Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF), Athens
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Language and Literature - Greek, Mentalities, Social History
Paper 708-cRepresentations of Music and Dance in Everyday Life in Middle Byzantine Art, 10th-12th Centuries
(Language: English)
Nicholas Melvani, Department of Byzantine Research, National Hellenic Research Foundation (NHRF), Athens
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Byzantine Studies, Mentalities, Music
Abstract

Byzantium is well known for its formalities, which ruled its public life. But what about formalities that ruled its private life? This session intends to explore preferences of the Byzantines that made them happy; display of wealth, display of propriety and its opposite, participation in social events of daily life, social behavior in accordance with prevailing social profiles of the 11th and 12th centuries will be at the thematic center of this session.