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The Oxford dictionary of Byzantium /
Alexander P. Kazhdan, editor in chief ; Alice-Mary Talbot, executive editor ; Anthony Cutler, editor for art history ; Timothy E. Gregory, editor for archaeology and historical geography ; Nancy P. Ševčenko, associate editor.
imprint
New York : Oxford University Press, 1991.
description
3 v. (li, 2232 p. ) : ill., maps ; 27 cm.
ISBN
0195046528
format(s)
Book
Holdings
A Look Inside
Awards
This item was nominated for the following awards:
R. R. Hawkins Award, USA, 1991 : Won
Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 1991-10:
The first attempt to collect within a single work material concerning all aspects of Byzantine studies. These volumes required the efforts of more than 100 contributors over some seven years, but the result opens the field to a degree previously unimagined. The set treats all the regions that formed a part of the Byzantine Empire between the 4th and the 15th centuries. The 5,000 entries average some 200 words, but longer articles can reach 1,000. The coverage is especially strong for bureaucratic titles, fiscal terms, urban life, and rural economy. Each entry includes a bibliographic note for the best text and for additional literature. This is a necessary addition for college and university libraries at all levels and provides a natural complement to the multivolume Dictionary of the Middle Ages, ed. by J.R. Strayer et al. (Ch, Apr'83; Nov'87; Feb'89). -P. L. Holmer, Southern Connecticut State University
Appeared in Library Journal on 1991-08:
After 35 years that witnessed the explosion of information on virtually every subject, we are in the age of synthesis: encyclopedias and dictionaries abound. With the recent 12-volume Dictionary of the Middle Ages ( LJ 2/1/83) and the older one-volume Oxford Classical Dictionary ( LJ 5/1/71. 2d ed.), this forms a trio of essential resources. The 100 contributors, many of them distinguished experts, have succeeded in their ``attempt to collect within a single work data concerning all fields of Byzantine studies.'' The 5000-plus entries provide authoritative coverage not only of ``traditional'' topics such as art and architecture, basilica, agriculture, chronology, geography, literature, medicine, military strategy, science, and theology, but also many facets of everyday life--baths, clocks, houses, locks and padlocks, etc. The social historian will be especially pleased with the entries on abortion, childbirth, criminal procedure, food and diet, homosexuality, marriage and the family, names, prostitution, and slavery. The editor deserves special thanks for the uniformly lucid and readable style, for the clear illustrations, and for the useful maps, though the captions are not very informative. Three caveats: many terms appear only in Greek transliteration without adequate definition or explanation; the bibliographies are often skimpy; and the genealogical tables lack the emperors' regnal years. Still, this will endure as the first book the beginning student or the advanced scholar will reach for on the 1100-year history of Byzantium. Academic, large public, and research libraries must acquire this treasure.--Bennett D. Hill, Georgetown Univ., Washington, D.C. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Reviews
Review Quotes
"A landmark achievement that has no peer....Can be recommendedwholeheartedly as an indispensable reference work of greatworth."--Missiology
"A landmark achievement that has no peer....Can be recommended wholeheartedly as an indispensable reference work of great worth."--Missiology
"A magnificent project and will prove to be one of the most significantscholarly resources in the last quarter of the 20th century."--Review andExpositor
"A magnificent project and will prove to be one of the most significant scholarly resources in the last quarter of the 20th century."--Review and Expositor
"A necessary addition for college and university libraries at alllevels."--Choice
"A necessary addition for college and university libraries at all levels."--Choice
"An indispensable reference tool for Byzantinists and Westernmedievalists, as well as an authoritative source for the more casualreader."--Religious Studies Review
"An indispensable reference tool for Byzantinists and Western medievalists, as well as an authoritative source for the more casual reader."--Religious Studies Review
"No respectable library can afford to forgo the immediate purchase of the Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium, because it will be cited throughout the world, as the scholarly reference on all matters Byzantine."--Biblical Archaeology Review
"Satisfies a long-felt need for a comprehensive reference work on theEastern empire....There is no other reference work that covers the Byzantineworld as thoroughly as the ODB....An essential purchase for academic collectionssupporting curricula in art history or medieval studies."--RBB/Booklist
"Satisfies a long-felt need for a comprehensive reference work on the Eastern empire....There is no other reference work that covers the Byzantine world as thoroughly as the ODB....An essential purchase for academic collections supporting curricula in art history or medievalstudies."--RBB/Booklist
"The editor deserves special thanks for the uniformly lucid and readable style, for the clear illustrations, and for the useful maps....This will endure as the first book the beginning student or the advanced scholar will reach for on the 1100-year history of Byzantium. Academic, largepublic, and research libraries must acquire this treasure."--Library Journal
"The student of religion and the theologian will find much of interest throughout these three tomes."--Theological Studies
"This reference work is a major event for Byzantine studies....This is a remarkable accomplishment, one that both specialists and the educated public will find useful."--Speculum
"This reference work is a major event for Byzantine studies....This is a remarkable accomplishment, one that both specialists and the educated public will find useful."--Speculum "An indispensable reference tool for Byzantinists and Western medievalists, as well as an authoritative source for the more casual reader."--Religious Studies Review "A landmark achievement that has no peer....Can be recommended wholeheartedly as an indispensable reference work of great worth."--Missiology "The editor deserves special thanks for the uniformly lucid and readable style, for the clear illustrations, and for the useful maps....This will endure as the first book the beginning student or the advanced scholar will reach for on the 1100-year history of Byzantium. Academic, large public, and research libraries must acquire this treasure."--Library Journal "The student of religion and the theologian will find much of interest throughout these three tomes."--Theological Studies "A necessary addition for college and university libraries at all levels."--Choice "A magnificent project and will prove to be one of the most significant scholarly resources in the last quarter of the 20th century."--Review & Expositor "Throughout there is a welcome attention to realia and to daily life....The ODB now joins the OCD and the ODCC as an essential reference work for every academic or public library."--Religious Studies Review "No respectable library can afford to forgo the immediate purchase of the Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium, because it will be cited throughout the world, as the scholarly reference on all matters Byzantine."--Biblical Archaeology Review "Satisfies a long-felt need for a comprehensive reference work on the Eastern empire....There is no other reference work that covers the Byzantine world as thoroughly as the ODB....An essential purchase for academic collections supporting curricula in art history or medieval studies."--RBB/Booklist
"This reference work is a major event for Byzantine studies....This is a remarkable accomplishment, one that both specialists and the educated public will find useful."--Speculum "An indispensable reference tool for Byzantinists and Western medievalists, as well as an authoritative source for the more casual reader."--Religious Studies Review "A landmark achievement that has no peer....Can be recommended wholeheartedly as an indispensable reference work of great worth."--Missiology "The editor deserves special thanks for the uniformly lucid and readable style, for the clear illustrations, and for the useful maps....This will endure as the first book the beginning student or the advanced scholar will reach for on the 1100-year history of Byzantium. Academic, large public, and research libraries must acquire this treasure."--Library Journal "The student of religion and the theologian will find much of interest throughout these three tomes."--Theological Studies "A necessary addition for college and university libraries at all levels."--Choice "A magnificent project and will prove to be one of the most significant scholarly resources in the last quarter of the 20th century."--Review & Expositor "Throughout there is a welcome attention torealiaand to daily life....TheODBnow joins theOCDand theODCCas an essential reference work for every academic or public library."--Religious Studies Review "No respectable library can afford to forgo the immediate purchase of theOxford Dictionary of Byzantium, because it will be cited throughout the world, asthescholarly reference on all matters Byzantine."--Biblical Archaeology Review "Satisfies a long-felt need for a comprehensive reference work on the Eastern empire....There is no other reference work that covers the Byzantine world as thoroughly as theODB....An essential purchase for academic collections supporting curricula in art history or medieval studies."--RBB/Booklist
"Throughout there is a welcome attention to realia and to dailylife....The ODB now joins the OCD and the ODCC as an essential reference workfor every academic or public library."--Religious Studies Review
"Throughout there is a welcome attention to realia and to daily life....The ODB now joins the OCD and the ODCC as an essential reference work for every academic or public library."--Religious Studies Review
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Summaries
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The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium is a three-volume, comprehensive dictionary of Byzantine civilization. The first resource of its kind in the field, it features over 5,000 entries written by an international group of eminent Byzantinists covering all aspects of life in the Byzantine world.According to Alexander Kazhdan, editor-in-chief of the Dictionary: "Entries on patriarchy and emperors will coexist with entries on surgery and musical instruments. An entry on the cultivation of grain will not only be connected to entries on agriculture and its economics but on diet, the baking ofbread, and the role of bread in this changing society." Major entries treat such topics as agriculture, art, literature, and politics, while shorter entries examine topics that relate to Byzantium such as the history of Kiev and personalities of ancient and biblical history. Each article is followed by a bibliography, and numerous maps, tables,architectural designs, and genealogies reinforce and clarify the text. The new ODB will be the standard research tool and reference work for Byzantinists from graduate students to advanced scholars, and an essential resource for college and school libraries. It will also be an invaluable guide for classicists, Western medievalists, Islamicists, Slavicists, arthistorians, religious historians, and scholars of archaeology.
Table of Contents
UK-based Contributors
Senior Lecturer in Medieval History, University of Edinburgh
Professor Emeritus of Classics, University of London
Curator of Early Christian and Byzantine Collections, British Museum
Lecturer in Arab-Islamic Medicine, Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London
Lecturer in Russian, University of Cambridge
Professor Emeritus of Numismatics,University of Cambridge
Lecturer in Art History, University of London
Honorary Lecturer in Byzantine Studies and Modern Greek, University of St Andrews
Lecturer in Medieval History, University of St Andrews
Bywater and Sotheby Professor ofByzantine and Modern Greek Language and Literature, University of Oxford
Art historian, Oxford
Professor Emeritus of Russian and Balkan History, University of Oxford
Fellow and Tutor in Classics, University of Oxford
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