There is no doubt that anybody interested in the overall question of exchange in the ancient world – be it in the context of the monetary system or that of symbolic gift- giving only – should consult this anthology.
Filippo Carlà and Maja Gori, eds. Gift Giving and the 'Embedded' Economy in the Ancient World. Akademiekonferenzen, 17. Heidelberg: Universitätsverlag Winter, 2014.
From Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Anders Klostergaard Petersen, University of Aarhus
Few rulers have set in motion developments of such momentous consequence as the emperor Constantine, with his conversion to Christianity in 312 and subsequent halting of the persecution of Christians, ratified a year later in the Edict of Milan. Over the 17 centuries since then, theologians, historians and even novelists, including Dan Brown in The Da Vinci Code, have claimed that a change for the worse in the quality of Christianity (the kind of change an earlier age would have ascribed to supra-natural agents like the Devil or the Antichrist) can be personified in this rather flashy Roman emperor. Even those of less apocalyptic temperament, faced by almost any legacy of the late antique world of which they disapprove – anti-Semitism, the secular power of the church, the rise of intolerance, the spirit of the Crusades – blame it on Constantine.
David Potter. Constantine the Emperor. Oxford University Press, 2013.
Peter Brown reviews Constantine the Emperor in London Review of Books, volume 37, no. 8 (23 April 2015).
This book will be required reading for anyone interested in Byzantine Christianity and is an important addition to the broader conversation about the self in Christian Studies.
Derek Krueger. Liturgical Subjects: Christian Ritual, Biblical Narrative, and the Formation of the Self in Byzantium. Divinations: rereading late ancient religion. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014.
From Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by George E. Demacopoulos, Fordham University
There are many signs on the horizon that Byzantine history and archaeology are moving speedily in novel and fascinating directions, opening room for new and essential debates in a field not always characterized by innovation. The book at hand certainly holds a place as one of these exciting signs.
Adam Izdebski. A Rural Economy in Transition: Asia Minor from Late Antiquity into the Early Middle Ages. Journal of Juristic Papyrology supplement, 18. Warszawa: Raphael Taubenschlag Foundation, 2013.
From Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Nikos Tsivikis, Institute for Mediterranean Studies, Rethymno
The volume is a tour de force in its integrated provision of a vast amount of relevant source material and detailed analysis of it.
Juan Signes Codoñer. The Emperor Theophilos and the East, 829–842: Court and Frontier in Byzantium during the Last Phase of Iconoclasm. Birmingham Byzantine and Ottoman Studies, 13. Farnham; Burlington, VT: Ashgate Variorum, 2014.
From Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Denis Sullivan, University of Maryland College Park
Without doubt, an excellent and important acquisition for any library, or university course dealing in Late Antiquity or Early Christianity.
Angelo Di Berardino, ed. Historical Atlas of Ancient Christianity. St. Davids, PA: ICCS Press, 2013.
From Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Daniel King, Cardiff University
…amongst these pieces of 'everyday writing' there is something for almost every Egyptian historian, philologist, papyrologist, and indeed scholar of the ancient Mediterranean world.
Rodney Ast, Hélène Cuvigny, Todd M. Hickey, Julia Lougovaya (ed.), Papyrological Texts in Honor of Roger S. Bagnall. American Studies in Papyrology, 53. Durham, NC: American Society of Papyrologists, 2013.
From Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Jennifer Cromwell, Macquarie University
...all of the essays are marked by a laudable clarity of purpose and expression...
Stine Birk, Troels Myrup Kristensen, and Birte Poulsen, eds. Using Images in Late Antiquity. Oxford; Philadelphia: Oxbow Books, 2014.
From Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Benjamin Anderson, Cornell University
Timothy S. Miller and John W. Nesbitt. Walking Corpses: Leprosy in Byzantium and the Medieval West. Cornell University Press, 2014.
From Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Petros Bouras-Vallianatos, King's College London
Peter Brown discusses Dario Del Bufalo’s Porphyry: Red Imperial Porphyry: Power and Religion, Philippe Malgouyres and Clément Blanc-Riehl’s Porphyre: La Pierre Pourpre des Ptolémées à Bonaparte, and Averil Cameron’s Byzantine Matters and Dialoguing in Late Antiquity in the latest issue of The New York Review of Books (December 18, 2014).
Guillaume Saint-Guillain and Dionysios Ch Stathakopoulos, eds. Liquid & Multiple: Individuals & Identities in the Thirteenth-century Aegean. Monographies (Centre de recherche d'histoire et civilisation de Byzance), 35. Paris: Association des amis du Centre d'histoire et civilisation de Byzance, 2012.
Review by Marina Koumanoudi, National Hellenic Research Foundation, in Mediterranean Historical Review 29, no. 1 (2014): pp. 94–97.
These few remarks have certainly not done justice to the rich spectrum presented here. The term 'cultural broker' proves to be highly productive, forcing us to revisit many of our traditional perspectives toward the ordinary relations among representatives of many different cultures, religions, languages, and political systems in the wider world of the Mediterranean.
Marc Von der Höh, Nikolas Jaspert, and Jenny Rahel Oesterle, eds. Cultural Brokers at Mediterranean Courts in the Middle Ages. Mittelmeerstudien, 1. Paderborn and Munich: Wilhelm Fink / Ferdinand Schöningh, 2013.
From The Medieval Review (TMR). Review by Albrecht Classen, University of Arizona
Capronʼs meticulous descriptions, cautious conclusions, masterly reconstructions, and methodologically superb treatment of P.Louvre Hag. are a fine paradigm for others to follow.
Laurent Capron. Codex Hagiographiques du Louvre sur Papyrus (P.Louvre Hag). Papyrologica Parisina 2. Paris: Presses de lʼuniversité Paris-Sorbonne, 2013.
From Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Thomas J. Kraus, University of Zurich
It is…a significant contribution to Late Antique and early Islamic studies alike.
Petra M. Sijpesteijn. Shaping a Muslim State: The World of a Mid-Eighth-Century Egyptian Official. Oxford Studies in Byzantium. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013.
From Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, volume 77, no. 3 (October 2014). Review by Matthew S. Gordon, Miami University
Collectively, these six essays reveal vividly that the communication routes of the early medieval Mediterranean carried not only commodities, objects of devotion, and travelers themselves, but intangible cultural products as well. While the impact of various objects of cultural transfer could vary significantly, their adoption reveals how the peoples of the early medieval west still recognized themselves as constituents of a wider Mediterranean world.
Andreas Fischer and Ian Wood, eds. Western Perspectives on the Mediterranean: Cultural Transfer in Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages, 400–800 AD. London; New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2014.
From Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Gregory Halfond, Framingham State University
Kathleen Maxwell. Between Constantinople and Rome: An Illuminated Byzantine Gospel Book (Paris gr. 54) and the Union of Churches. Farnham; Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2014.
From Bryn Mawr classical Review (BMCR). Review by Jeffrey C. Anderson, George Washington University
…it presents a collection of insightful papers that combine careful analysis of sources (both textual and archaeological) with current scholarly knowledge.
Leslie Brubaker and Shaun Tougher, eds. Approaches to the Byzantine Family. Birmingham Byzantine and Ottoman studies. Farnham; London; Burlington, VT: Ashgate Variorum, 2013.
From the Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Olympia Bobou, Ashmolean Museum Oxford
Andrew Hofer. Christ in the Life and Teaching of Gregory of Nazianzus. Oxford Early Christian Studies. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.
From the Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Christopher A. Beeley, Yale University
Massimiliano David. Eternal Ravenna: From the Etruscans to the Venetians. Turnhout: Brepols, 2013.
From the Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Edward M. Schoolman, University of Nevada, Reno
…he author’s layered categorisations explore Westerners’ interactions with the local social, cultural, economic, and political environment(s). Such a framework helps to open up room for more nuanced understandings of the Eastern Mediterranean between the 11th century and the 14th century.
David Jacoby. Travellers, Merchants and Settlers in the Eastern Mediterranean, 11th–14th Centuries. Ashgate, 2014.
From Reviews in History. Review by Wei-sheng Lin, University of Birmingham
Buckley’s work represents a new departure in Alexiad studies, one where Anna’s literary style and influence take precedence over her merits as a historian.
Penelope Buckley. The Alexiad of Anna Komnene: Artistic Strategy in the Making of a Myth. Cambridge University Press, 2014.
From Reviews in History. Review by Elisabeth Mincin, University of St Andrews, with author’s response
The approach taken is archaeological, with Russell offering a reassessment of old data and careful examination of new data. This allows him to skilfully marshal an impressive range of evidence to make his case, resulting in a useful and important book, with a clear and consistent, yet nuanced, argument throughout.
Ben Russell. The Economics of the Roman Stone Trade. Oxford studies on the Roman economy. Oxford; New York: Oxford University Press, 2013.
From the Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMRC). Review by Claire Holleran, The University of Exeter
Historical narrative, sources, social theory, and personal anecdote all went in; what emerges is a study which self-consciously embraces a unique paradigm for the understanding of the age of Justinian.
Peter Bell. Social Conflict in the Age of Justinian: Its Nature, Management, and Mediation. Oxford University Press, 2013.
From Reviews in History. Review by Douglas Whalin, University of Cambridge
This is a complex and ambitious book. It is welcome for its framing of the question in a new, and arguably more positive, light.
Filip Van Tricht. The Latin Renovatio of Byzantium: The Empire of Constantinople (1204–1228). The Medieval Mediterranean. Leiden: Koninklijke Brill n.v., 2011.
From The Medieval Review (TMR). Review by Anne E. Lester, University of Colorado at Boulder
Thus the Patria, which do not stint on commentary, are fleshed out, offering a much more expansive account at a much later date. Berger's translation now makes both this city and its interpretation available to a new audience.
Albrecht Berger. Accounts of Medieval Constantinople: The Patria. Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library, 24. Cambridge, MA; London: Harvard University Press, 2013.
From the Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Sarah Bassett, Indiana University
This handsomely and carefully produced paperback volume contributes significantly to the study of Vat. gr. 1087 and shows how much information and knowledge the analysis of all aspects of a manuscript can supply to different fields of study.
Fabio Guidetti and Anna Santoni, eds. Antiche stelle a Bisanzio: il codice Vaticano greco 1087. Seminari e convegni, 32. Pisa: Edizioni della Normale, 2013.
From the Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Renate Burri, University of Berne
The complexities of the Book of Ceremonies notwithstanding, there can be no doubt that Moffatt and Tall have filled a major gap in the resources available to English-speaking scholars who may wish to consult this important compilation.
Ann Moffatt and Maxeme Tall. Constantine Porphyrogennetos, The Book of Ceremonies. 2 vols. Byzantina Australiensia 18. Canberra: Australian Association for Byzantine Studies, 2012.
From The Medieval Review (TMR). Review by Ian Mladjov, Bowling Green State University
Paul-Hubert Poirier, Agathe Roman, Thomas Schmidt, Eric Crégheur, José H. Declerck, eds. Contra Manichaeos Libri IV: Graece et Syriace; cum excerptis e Sacris Parallelis Iohanni Damasceno attributis Titus Bostrensis. Corpus Christianorum Series Graeca (CCSG), 82. Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2013.
From the Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMRC). Review by Anna Van den Kerchove, Institut protestant de théologie, Paris
Modern technology has been kind to ancient history.
J. D. Biersdorfer of The New York Times reviews apps dedicated to classical studies.
Margarethe Billerbeck. Stephani Byzantii Ethnica, Volumen III: K – O. Corpus fontium historiae Byzantinae – Series Berolinensis, 43.3. Berlin; Boston: De Gruyter, 2014.
From the Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Martin L. West, All Souls College, Oxford
Averil Cameron. Dialoguing in Late Antiquity. Hellenic studies, 65. Washington, DC: Center for Hellenic Studies, Trustees for Harvard University, 2014.
From the Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Catherine Conybeare, Bryn Mawr College
Peter Fibiger Bang and Dariusz Kołodziejczyk, ed. Universal Empire: A Comparative Approach to Imperial Culture and Representation in Eurasian History. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012.
From the Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Rolf Strootman, University of Utrecht
C. D. Gordon. The Age of Attila: Fifth-Century Byzantium and the Barbarians. Revised edition, with a new introduction and notes by David S. Potter. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 2013.
From the Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Conor Whately, University of Winnipeg
Joseph Geiger. Hellenism in the East: Studies on Greek Intellectuals in Palestine. Historia Einzelschriften 229. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2014.
From the Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Bruno Rochette, Université de Liège
This publication provides a broad and thorough introduction to an unusual and interesting work. The quality of the essays, descriptions, and reproductions is high….The editor and his team are to be congratulated for providing such a comprehensive and reasonable introduction to this manuscript.
Jeffrey C. Anderson, ed. The Christian Topography of Kosmas Indikopleustes: Firenze, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, plut. 9.28. The Map of the Universe Redrawn in the Sixth Century. Folia picta: manoscritti miniati medievali, 3. Rome: Edizioni di Storia e Letteratura, 2013.
From the Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR). Review by Charles Barber, Princeton University