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Icons and Power: The Mother of God in Byzantium.(Book review)

Hennessy, Cecily

The Catholic Historical Review, July, 2007, Vol.93(3), p.616(2) [Periódico revisado por pares]

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  • Título:
    Icons and Power: The Mother of God in Byzantium.(Book review)
  • Autor: Hennessy, Cecily
  • Assuntos: Pentcheva, Bissera V.
  • É parte de: The Catholic Historical Review, July, 2007, Vol.93(3), p.616(2)
  • Descrição: In fact, it is a highly focused investigation of the cult of the Virgin in Constantinople and is based on the development and function of relics and icons at three specific sites in Constantinople: the monasteries of Blachernai, Hodegon, and Pantokrator, taking us, therefore, from the fifth to the twelfth centuries in an intricately developed narrative on the capital, its emperors and empresses, its wars and its religious practices. The first part of the book looks at the relation of the Virgin and imperial power, and at the origins of the civic cult in which the Virgin took on the role of earlier female protectors of the city, such asTyche and Nike, thus protecting imperial power and leading to state backing for her cult as well as appropriation of it to assert legitimacy.
  • Idioma: English

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