Dialogues and Debates from Late Antiquity to Late Byzantium offers the first overall discussion of the literary and philosophical dialogue tradition in Greek from imperial Rome to the end of the Byzantine empire and beyond. Sixteen case studies combine theoretical approaches with in-depth analysis and include comparisons with the neighbouring Syriac, Georgian, Armenian and Latin traditions. Following an introduction and a discussion of Plutarch as a writer of dialogues, other chapters consider the Erostrophus, a philosophical dialogue in Syriac, John Chrysostom’s On Priesthood, issues of literariness and complexity in the Greek Adversus Iudaeos dialogues, the Trophies of Damascus, Maximus Confessor’s Liber Asceticus and the middle Byzantine apocryphal revelation dialogues. The volume demonstrates a new frequency in middle and late Byzantium of rhetorical, theological and literary dialogues, concomitant with the increasing rhetoricisation of Byzantine literature, and argues for a move towards new and exciting experiments. Individual chapters examine the Platonising and anti-Latin dialogues written in the context of Anselm of Havelberg’s visits to Constantinople, the theological dialogue by Soterichos Panteugenos, the dialogues of Niketas ‘of Maroneia’ and the literary dialogues by Theodore Prodromos, all from the twelfth century. The final chapters explore dialogues from the empire’s Georgian periphery and discuss late Byzantine philosophical, satirical and verse dialogues by Nikephoros Gregoras, Manuel II Palaiologos and George Scholarios, with special attention to issues of form, dramatisation and performance.
Table of Contents
List of contributors
AVERIL CAMERON AND NIELS GAUL
1 Plutarch’s dialogues: beyond the Platonic example?
2 Erostrophus, a Syriac dialogue with Socrates on the soul
3 The rhetorical mechanisms of John Chrysostom’s On Priesthood
ALBERTO J. QUIROGA PUERTAS
4 Literary distance and complexity in late antique and early Byzantine Greek dialogues Adversus Iudaeos
5 Prepared for all occasions: the Trophies of Damascus and the Bonwetsch Dialogue
PETER VAN NUFFELEN
6 New wine in old wineskin: Byzantine reuses of the apocryphal revelation dialogue
7 Dialogical pedagogy and the structuring of emotions in Liber
8 Anselm of Havelberg’s controversies with the Greeks: a moment in the scholastic culture of disputation
ALEX J. NOVIKOFF
9 A Platonising dialogue from the twelfth century: the logos of Soterichos Panteugenos
10 The six dialogues by Niketas ‘of Maroneia’: a contextualising introduction
11 Theodore Prodromos in the Garden of Epicurus
12 ‘Let us not obstruct the possible’: dialoguing in medieval Georgia
13 Embedded dialogues and dialogical voices in Palaiologan prose and verse
14 Nikephoros Gregoras’s Philomathes and Phlorentios
15 Dramatisation and narrative in late Byzantine dialogues:
Manuel II Palaiologos’s On Marriage and Mazaris’ Journey to Hades
Averil Cameron was Warden of Keble College Oxford from 1994 to 2010 and formerly Professor of Late Antique and Byzantine Studies at Kings College London. She is currently the chair of the Oxford Centre for Byzantine Research, UK. Her most recent books are Byzantine Matters (2014), Dialoguing in Late Antiquity (2014) and Arguing It Out. Discussion in Twelfth-Century Byzantium (2016).
Niels Gaul is the A. G. Leventis Professor of Byzantine Studies at the University of Edinburgh, UK and the author of Thomas Magistros und die spätbyzantinische Sophistik (2011).