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The Culture and Practices of Eating and Drinking in Byzantium in the 9th-12th Centuries

Student: Vasilii Kelsiev

Supervisor: Evgeny Khvalkov

Faculty: School of Arts and Humanities

Educational Programme: History (Bachelor)

Year of Graduation: 2020

The object of my thesis are culture and tradition of meal in Byzantium during 9th-12th centuries. Periodization is defined by ending of «Dark Ages» on one side and the capture of Constantinopole on another. Despite a significant interest to cultural «making» of byzantine culture and specifics of its meal and feast traditions, there is still a deep lack of research on the effect of meal on «pagan against Christian» tradition and competition between ideologies of iconomia (οἰκονομία) and akrivia (ἀκρίβεια), an essential struggle between acceptance of human imperfection and fight against it. Research, which is dedicated to study of those interconnections might bring clarity to the question, how culture of meal affected general cultural trends in Byzantium and what was the result of mentioned above competition. As main sources of this work I have chosen Rules of monasteries (typikons), several secular chronicles and « Relatio de legatione Constantinopolitana» by Liutprandus Cremoniensis. In historiographical perspective this work is a continuation of researches made by Angelici Layu, Kaliroe Liandrou, Leslie Brubaker and Alexander Kazdan. Main methods used in this research are critique of sources and comparative analysis.

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