Saints at the Limits

Saints at the Limits Seven Byzantine Popular Legends - Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library

Hardback (26 May 2023) | English,Greek, Ancient (to 1453)

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A collection of medieval tales of Byzantine saints, including some rejected by the Church, translated into English for the first time.

The legends collected in Saints at the Limits, despite sometimes being viewed with suspicion by the Church, fascinated Christians during the Middle Ages-as related cults, multiple retellings, and contemporary translations attest. Their protagonists span the entire spectrum of Byzantine society, including foreigners, soldiers, ascetics, lustful women, beggars, and the sons and daughters of rulers. They travel to exotic lands, perform outlandish miracles, suffer extraordinary violence, reject family ties, save cities, destroy absolute rulers, and discover the divine. Some saints, like Markos the Athenian, are forgotten nowadays; others, like Saint George the Great Martyr, still command a wide appeal. Each, however, negotiates the limits of Byzantine imagination: the borders that separate the powerful from the outcasts, the real from the imaginary, the human from the beyond human. These stories, edited in Greek and translated into English here for the first time, continue to resonate with readers seeking to understand universal human fears and desires in their Byzantine guise.

Book information

ISBN: 9780674290792
Publisher: Harvard University Press
Imprint: Harvard University Press
Pub date:
DEWEY: 235.20938
DEWEY edition: 23/eng/20221118
Language: English,Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 204g
Height: 142mm
Width: 213mm
Spine width: 27mm