Byzantium as Bridge between West and East
Proceedings of the International Confernce, Vienna, 3rd -5th May, 2012
Reihe: Denkschriften der philosophisch-historischen Klasse, Band: 476
Reihe: Veröffentlichungen zur Byzanzforschung, Band: 36
315 Seiten, zahlr. Abb., 29,7x21 cm, broschiert
The international conference “Byzantium as Bridge between West and East” (3rd–5th May 2012) at the Austrian Academy of Sciences underlined the mediation role of Byzantium between the cultures in the West and East as well as of its own culture to the neighboring nations. This mediation was discussed not only in terms of influence, but also of receptive function, symbolized in its bridging role. Such a bridge was built also within Byzantium, in the transition from pagan to Christian culture.
The proceedings which were supplemented by additional contributions of specialists underpin the importance of Byzantine culture and politics for an overall understanding of late Roman, medieval and early modern history and once again restore Byzantium from a romanticized oriental, distant, mysterious kingdom into European history and its cultural landscape. Thus, the focus is particularly on its huge boost, its reception and its mediation between Europe and the East, in a never-ending process of mobility between Europe, Africa and Asia.