MADRID SKYLITZES PDF

A blog about the ancient, late antique, and byzantine worlds from research ideas to the perils of teaching, all filtered through the lens of me. Hockey, Canada, Winnipeg, politics, films, and fiction might also feature, if sporadically. So, during a lull, and to break up the run of usual stuff, I took a look brief glances, really at the dozens and dozens hundreds even illustrations of the Madrid Skylitzes. Anyway, the text illuminated is the Chronicle of John Skylitzes, an 11th century author, and an important source for the emperor Basil II, better known as the Bulgar slayer. Given all his discussion of war, quite a lot of the illustrations depict war and soldiers in some capacity or other. The rarity of illuminations of works of Byzantine history has given this manuscript considerable importance.

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A blog about the ancient, late antique, and byzantine worlds from research ideas to the perils of teaching, all filtered through the lens of me. Hockey, Canada, Winnipeg, politics, films, and fiction might also feature, if sporadically. So, during a lull, and to break up the run of usual stuff, I took a look brief glances, really at the dozens and dozens hundreds even illustrations of the Madrid Skylitzes.

Anyway, the text illuminated is the Chronicle of John Skylitzes, an 11th century author, and an important source for the emperor Basil II, better known as the Bulgar slayer. Given all his discussion of war, quite a lot of the illustrations depict war and soldiers in some capacity or other. The rarity of illuminations of works of Byzantine history has given this manuscript considerable importance. The images contained therein have served as importance sources for those looking to reconstruct the appearance, equipment, and armour of mid-Byzantine soldiers.

Scholars have treated the images in the manuscript as pretty accurate representations. So, it could all be a lot of bollocks, or even something or some things that some scholars have already said. Some of the points about that column might be valid for the material on the Madrid Skylitzes. Would the army of illustrators for the manuscript really have made their images with the intention of making them as accurate as possible? Or would they have tried to depict them in such a way as to be recognizable to whomever the manuscript was intended?

There are all sorts of interesting questions that these images generate. For one, we have little in the way of Byzantine physical evidence for arms and armour in the mid-Byzantine era.

So we have to use evidence like this. Indeed, the difference in medium made producing the same sorts of images impractical if not impossible - and the chronological gap and cultural differences were significant too. So, the artists were forced to make due with the space allotted, and were likely hamstrung by what was written on the page. She seems to suggest in places many places? Whatever comes out of this, if any of it sounds vaguely interesting you should check out the illustrations yourself in the link noted above.

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