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Between the Pagan Past and Christian Present in Byzantine Visual Culture


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Table of Contents

1. The Byzantine Statue: Problems and Questions; 2. Prophecy; 3. History; 4. Mimesis; 5. Epigrams and Statues; Epilogue. The End: Manuel Chrysoloras and the Sense of the Past; Index.

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This book posits that along with holy icons, pagan statues were an integral part of Byzantine visual culture.

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Paroma Chatterjee is associate professor of art history at the University of Michigan. She is the author of Living Icons: The 'Vita' Image in Byzantium and Italy, 11th-13th Centuries (Cambridge University Press, 2014).


'This is an exceptional book which effectively establishes the statue as an intellectual category to think with in the Byzantine world. ... The book is a remarkable achievement.' Jas Elsner, University of Oxford

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