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Landscapes of Power

Selected Papers from the XV Oxford University Byzantine Society International Graduate Conference


Edited By Maximilian Lau, Caterina Franchi and Morgan Di Rodi

This volume contains selected papers from the XV International Graduate Conference, highlighting the latest scholarship from a new generation of Late Antique and Byzantine scholars from around the world. The theme of the conference explored the interaction between power and the natural and human environments of Byzantium, an interaction that is an essential part of the empire’s legacy. This legacy has come down to us through buildings, literature, history and more, and has proved enduring enough to intrigue and fascinate scholars centuries after the fall of Constantinople. From religion and trade at the end of Antiquity, imperial propaganda and diplomacy at the end of the first millennium, to culture and conquest under the Komnenian and Palaeologan dynasties – this volume demonstrates the length and breadth of the forays being made by young academics into the still often undiscovered country of the Late Antique and Byzantine world.
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‘S’affacciò l’Orda, e il mondo le fu pane’. Landscapes of Destruction in the Apocalyptic Tradition


Prese due penne il vecchio nano, e stettesopra una roccia, ed agitò le penne,e chiamò l’Orda, che attendeva: ‘A me,

Gog e Magog! A me, Tartari! O gentedi Mong, Mosach, Thubal, Aneg, Ageg,Assum, Pothim, Cephar, Alan, a me!

A Rum fuggì Zul-Karnein, le ferreetrombe lasciando qui su le Mammelletonde del Nord. Gog e Magog, a me!’ […]

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