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Friday, February 26, 2021

Dumbarton Oaks Papers

No truly serious library devoted to Byzantine and Eastern Christian studies will ever want to be without an up-to-date subscription to the ongoing Dumbarton Oaks Papers. The 73rd volume, edited by Joel Kalvesmaki and coming in at 250 pages, was published last year, and it deserves your attention for its many riches, including the necrology of the great Byzantine liturgical historian Robert Taft (by his great sometime student Daniel Galadza, whom I interviewed here about his own recent book) as well as the following: 

  • Walter E. Kaegi, “Irfan Shahîd (1926–2016)”
  • Daniel Galadza, “Robert F. Taft, S.J. (1932–2018)”
  • Sylvain Destephen, “From Mobile Center to Constantinople: The Birth of Byzantine Imperial Government”
  • Dina Boero, “Making a Manuscript, Making a Cult: Scribal Production of the Syriac Life of Symeon the Stylite in Late Antiquity”
  • Alexandre M. Roberts, “Framing a Middle Byzantine Alchemical Codex”
  • Lilia Campana, “Sailing into Union: The Byzantine Naval Convoy for the Council of Ferrara–Florence (1438–1439)”
  • Hugh G. Jeffery, “New Lead Seals from Aphrodisias”
  • Maria G. Parani, “Curtains in the Middle and Late Byzantine House”
  • Kostis Kourelis, “Wool and Rubble Walls: Domestic Archaeology in the Medieval Peloponnese”
  • Kathrin Colburn, “Loops, Tabs, and Reinforced Edges: Evidence for Textiles as Architectural Elements”
  • Eunice Dauterman Maguire, “Curtains at the Threshold: How They Hung and How They Performed”
  • Sabine Schrenk, “The Background of the Enthroned: Spatial Analysis of the Hanging with Hestia Polyolbos in the Dumbarton Oaks Collection”
  • Jennifer L. Ball, “Rich Interiors: The Remnant of a Hanging from Late Antique Egypt in the Collection of Dumbarton Oaks”
  • Maria Evangelatou, “Textile Mediation in Late Byzantine Visual Culture: Unveiling Layers of Meaning through the Fabrics of the Chora Monastery”
  • Thelma K. Thomas, “The Honorific Mantle as Furnishing for the Household Memory Theater in Late Antiquity: A Case Study from the Monastery of Apa Apollo at Bawit”
  • Avinoam Shalem, “‘The Nation Has Put On Garments of Blood’: An Early Islamic Red Silken Tapestry in Split”; and 
  • Elizabeth Dospěl Williams, “A Taste for Textiles: Designing Ummayad and Early ʿAbbāsid Interiors.”

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