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- DescriptionThe rich corpus of medieval Greek apocryphal religious literature has been little used by historians. This 2007 book was the first full-length study of two medieval Greek visionary journeys to heaven and hell: the Apocalypse of the Theotokos and the Apocalypse of Anastasia. Composed anymously sometime between the ninth and eleventh centuries, both enjoyed a lively circulation in the Byzantine Empire and far beyond. Functioning on the fringes of the official Church, they transmit both traditional and vel theological ideas, and shed light on the reception of Church doctrine and imperial governance by ordinary Byzantine Christians. Though their heroines tour the Other World, their true concern is this world, and the reinforcement of social, moral, and ritual rms within local communities. Providing an original translation of both texts, the book probes the tales as manifestations of n-elite religious and moral culture in the medieval Orthodox Church.
- Author BiographyJANE BAUN is a Fellow of Greyfriars Hall, Oxford, and a member of the Theology Faculty of Oxford University.
- Author(s)Jane Baun
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication15/11/2007
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Note14 b/w illus. 11 tables
- Weight1040 g
- Width174 mm
- Height247 mm
- Spine27 mm
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