IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1624: The Empire of the Palaiologoi: Ruin or Renewal?, II - Church and Society

Thursday 9 July 2015, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:The Hellenic Institute, Royal Holloway, University of London
Organisers:Christopher Hobbs, Department of History, Royal Holloway, University of London
Brian McLaughlin, Hellenic Institute, Royal Holloway, University of London
Moderator/Chair:Andrea Mattiello, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham
Paper 1624-aAndronikos II Palaiologos and the Orthodox Church: A Time of Flourishing or the Beginning of the End?
(Language: English)
Maria Alessia Rossi, Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Ecclesiastical History
Paper 1624-bThe Palaiologan Renaissance: Iconography 1261-1453
(Language: English)
Anna Manga, Independent Scholar, Athens
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Byzantine Studies
Paper 1624-cThe Greek Communities in Italy between Florence and Trent: The Case of Ancona
(Language: English)
Niccolò Fattori, Department of History, Royal Holloway, University of London
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Ecclesiastical History, Local History
Abstract

In the Palaiologan period, the Orthodox Church encountered perhaps greater challenges than ever before; the question of union with the Catholic Church was always present and Orthodox communities increasingly lived under Latin or Muslim domination. The Orthodox were, however, often able to flourish under foreign rule: the Greek community of Ancona will be examined as a case study. Furthermore, developments in iconography indicate an era of artistic and cultural renewal, often designated the ‘Palaiologan Renaissance’. The extent to which the Palaiologoi themselves fostered these changes will be considered in reference to Andronikos II’s efforts to heal the divisions inside the Orthodox Church.