Landscape, nature, and the sacred in Byzantium

Nature is as much an idea as a physical reality. By 'placing' nature within Byzantine culture and within the discourse of Orthodox Christian thought and practice, Landscape, Nature and the Sacred in Byzantium explores attitudes towards creation that are utterly and fascinatingly different...

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Subtitles:Landscape, Nature, & the Sacred in Byzantium
Main Author: Della Dora, Veronica 1976-
Format: Electronic Book
Language:English
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Published: Cambridge Cambridge University Press 2016.
In:Year: 2016
Standardized Subjects / Keyword chains:B Byzantine Empire / Sanctuary / Landscape / Understanding of nature
Further subjects:B Sacred space ; Byzantine Empire
B Nature ; Religious aspects ; Orthodox Eastern Church
B Byzantine Empire Civilization 527-1081
B Sacred Space (Byzantine Empire)
B Nature Religious aspects Orthodox Eastern Church
B Religion and geography
B Byzantine Empire ; Civilization ; 527-1081
Online Access: Volltext (Verlag)
Parallel Edition:Print version: 9781107139091
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Summary:Nature is as much an idea as a physical reality. By 'placing' nature within Byzantine culture and within the discourse of Orthodox Christian thought and practice, Landscape, Nature and the Sacred in Byzantium explores attitudes towards creation that are utterly and fascinatingly different from the modern. Drawing on Patristic writing and on Byzantine literature and art, the book develops a fresh conceptual framework for approaching Byzantine perceptions of space and the environment. It takes readers on an imaginary flight over the Earth and its varied topographies of gardens and wilderness, mountains and caves, rivers and seas, and invites them to shift from the linear time of history to the cyclical time and spaces of the sacred - the time and spaces of eternal returns and revelations.
Introduction : placing topographies -- PART I. TOPOS AND COSMOS. Sacred topographies -- Sacred cosmographies -- PART II. LAND. Gardens -- Wilderness -- PART III. ROCK. Mountains -- Caves -- PART IV. WATER. Rivers -- Seas -- Epilogue
Item Description:Title from publisher's bibliographic system (viewed on 05 Feb 2016)
ISBN:1316488381
Persistent identifiers:DOI: 10.1017/CBO9781316488386