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“Byzantine” People: Powerful Women and Wimpy Men

Leonora Neville

Leonora Neville studies Byzantine culture and society, and is the John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe Professor of Byzantine History at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Her work focuses on medieval history writing, authority, gender, and the importance of the classical past for Byzantine culture. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Byzantine Gender

Arc Humanities Press, 2019

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...Gender in the Medieval Roman Empire has been rarely examined as such, which is odd given the prominent role played by ideas of gender in creating common images of “Byzantine” society. Since the early ninth century, when Pope Leo...

Introduction

Leonora Neville

Leonora Neville studies Byzantine culture and society, and is the John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe Professor of Byzantine History at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Her work focuses on medieval history writing, authority, gender, and the importance of the classical past for Byzantine culture. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Byzantine Gender

Arc Humanities Press, 2019

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...We are about to have lunch. You have to bring your food and beverage of choice because we are not actually in the same place. But the book you are about to read is modelled on those long, wonderful lunches when you can get a friend who...

Conclusion

Leonora Neville

Leonora Neville studies Byzantine culture and society, and is the John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe Professor of Byzantine History at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Her work focuses on medieval history writing, authority, gender, and the importance of the classical past for Byzantine culture. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Byzantine Gender

Arc Humanities Press, 2019

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...We began by pointing out how some of the most common images of Byzantium are grounded in negative gender stereotypes imputed to that civilization by Western European commentators. Byzantium the exotic, decadent, cruel, corrupt...

Masculinity and Military Strength

Leonora Neville

Leonora Neville studies Byzantine culture and society, and is the John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe Professor of Byzantine History at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Her work focuses on medieval history writing, authority, gender, and the importance of the classical past for Byzantine culture. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Byzantine Gender

Arc Humanities Press, 2019

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...Byzantine men have a reputation for military weakness, cowardice, and deviousness in both western medieval texts and eighteenth- through early-twentieth-century historiography. More recent scholars of Byzantium have tried to rehabilitate...

Medieval Roman Anthropology

Leonora Neville

Leonora Neville studies Byzantine culture and society, and is the John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe Professor of Byzantine History at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Her work focuses on medieval history writing, authority, gender, and the importance of the classical past for Byzantine culture. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Byzantine Gender

Arc Humanities Press, 2019

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...Both physiological differences between men and women and what we would consider culturally constructed ideas about masculinity and femininity were thought to be products of nature. As such, they were the given constraints within which human...

Change Over Time

Leonora Neville

Leonora Neville studies Byzantine culture and society, and is the John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe Professor of Byzantine History at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Her work focuses on medieval history writing, authority, gender, and the importance of the classical past for Byzantine culture. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Byzantine Gender

Arc Humanities Press, 2019

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...This account has been a remarkably static image of Medieval Roman gender. I have culled information from the sixth to the fourteenth centuries and amalgamated it into a common meatloaf. This is regrettable because Byzantine culture...

How Did Medieval Roman Women Get So Much Done?

Leonora Neville

Leonora Neville studies Byzantine culture and society, and is the John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe Professor of Byzantine History at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Her work focuses on medieval history writing, authority, gender, and the importance of the classical past for Byzantine culture. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Byzantine Gender

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...There is a fundamental disjuncture between the ideals of proper female behaviour, which involved sitting quietly and stilly out of sight, and the variety of things that Medieval Roman women did, which included ruling the empire...

Gender and Virtue

Leonora Neville

Leonora Neville studies Byzantine culture and society, and is the John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe Professor of Byzantine History at the University of Wisconsin Madison. Her work focuses on medieval history writing, authority, gender, and the importance of the classical past for Byzantine culture. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Byzantine Gender

Arc Humanities Press, 2019

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...Personal virtue in Byzantine society had a great deal to do with the proper performance of one's normative gender role. Men ought to act like good men, and women like good women. This chapter deals with ideals of proper, morally upstanding...