Byzantine Gender
Title
Byzantine Gender
Price
€ 15,95
ISBN
9781641890168
Format
Paperback
Number of pages
118
Language
English
Publication date
Dimensions
11.1 x 18.1 cm
Table of Contents
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Introduction 1 ŸByzantineŒ People: Powerful Women & Wimpy Men 2 Medieval Roman Anthropology 3 Gender & Virtue 4 How did medieval Roman Women get so much done? 5 Masculinity & Military Strength 6 Change Over Time Conclusion Further Reading

Reviews and Features

"Leonora Neville’s Byzantine Gender builds from existing scholarship, including her own exceptional contributions to this still-emerging subfield. It is among the first efforts to epitomize the issue of gender for non-specialists, both those who are outsiders to the study of Byzantine civilization, and those who consider themselves Byzantinists but are unfamiliar with scholarship and methods that center on questions of gender. Though it is increasingly the norm for new publications to be accessed digitally, Byzantine Gender merits reading in print because its tone is conveyed in part through the format of the book, a slim, pocket-sized soft cover that fits in the palm of the hand. Like the Arc Humanities series generally, it presents itself as easily digestible and approachable, yet delivers serious engagement and rigorous thinking."
- Alicia Walker, Speculum 96/3 (July 2021)

Leonora Neville

Byzantine Gender

Why were virtuous Byzantine women described as manly? Why were boys' bodies thought to be closer in constitution to those of women than adult men? Did Byzantines think eunuchs were men? This lively and personal book explains some key aspects of how people of the Medieval Roman Empire (Byzantine Empire) conceived of men and women, masculinity and femininity, and proper behaviour for men and women. By laying bare fundamental ideas about how gender was defined and performed, Byzantine Gender enables readers to understand Byzantine society more fully. And by providing background information about Byzantine gender, it makes it easier to approach and appreciate the fascinating otherness of Byzantine culture.
Author

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.