The World of Kosmas Hardback

Illustrated Byzantine Codices of the Christian Topography

by Maja Kominko;

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The World of Kosmas

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The Christian Topography is the only extant Greek treatise both written and illustrated in the sixth century, although known only through later copies. Taking inspiration from East Syrian exegesis, the treatise transforms the heritage of classical cosmography into a new, Christian image of the universe. Because images are an inherent part of the argument, the Christian Topography offers a unique insight into how the relationship between word and image was constructed and how the potential of these two media was understood. Until now, however, the text and illustrations have almost always been discussed separately. Consequently the unity of the work has been disrupted and our understanding of the treatise distorted. Taking into consideration both the text and the miniatures, this book seeks to further our understanding of the Christian Topography and its intellectual milieu, and to clarify the role of the images in late antique polemics.

The World of Kosmas by Maja Kominko was published by Cambridge University Press in September 2013. The ISBN for The World of Kosmas is 9781107020887.

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Details for The World of Kosmas

Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherCambridge University Press (September 2013)
Number of Pages408
Thickness23 mm
Height247 mm
Width174 mm
Product Code4056986
Page last updated 16th August 2018
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