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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 521: Reform and Renewal: Komnenian Prelates in Changing Circumstances

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Péter Bara, Institute of History, University of Szeged
Moderator/Chair:Christian Gastgeber, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Paper 521-aNikolaos: Bishop of Andida - Commentator of Constantinople
(Language: English)
Roland Betancourt, Department of Art History, University of California, Irvine
Index terms: Art History - General, Byzantine Studies, Liturgy
Paper 521-bChanges in the Approach to the Latin Church between the 11th and the 12th Century
(Language: English)
Alessandra Bucossi, Dipartimento Studi Umanistici, Università Ca’ Foscari Venezia
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Religious Life
Paper 521-cRejection of an Episcopal Paradigm?: The Case of Leo of Chalcedon Revisited
(Language: English)
Péter Bara, Institute of History, University of Szeged
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Religious Life

The settlement with the Byzantine church between 1081 and 1204 displayed the reformist approach of the Komnenian emperors. The session exhibits case studies demonstrating three different angles of the Empire in a multidisciplinary manner. Roland Betancourt addresses the question of a provincial bishop, Nikolaos of Andida and his work, the Protheoria from an art historical standpoint. Alessandra Bucossi talks about Greek-Latin theological discussions, focusing on the question of Filioque. She argues that Western cultural influence, and not only political reasons, shaped the Byzantine theological approach to the procession of the Holy Spirit between 1081 and 1204. Péter Bara’s paper is a historical study from the Constantinopolitan point of view. He intends to demonstrate using the case of Leo, metropolitan of Chalcedon, that bishops whom some contemporaries rewarded as holy were not welcome by the new Komnenian regime. Instead of sanctity other characteristics of the episcopal office were favoured.