Elite Byzantine Kinship, ca. 950-1204
Elite Byzantine Kinship, ca. 950-1204
Blood, Reputation, and the Genos
€ 114,00
eBook PDF (Adobe DRM)
Number of pages
Publication date
15.6 x 23.4 cm
Also available as
Hardback - € 114,00
Table of Contents
Show Table of ContentsHide Table of Contents
Introduction 1. Defining "The Family" in Byzantine Sources and Modern Historiography 2. The Language of Kinship 3. Marriage Impediments and the Concept of Family 4. Interrogating Consanguinity in a Byzantine Context 5. Family Names and the Politics of Reputation 6. Kinship and Political Developments of the Eleventh and Twelfth Centuries Conclusion

Reviews and Features

"The book Elite Byzantine Kinship ca. 950—1204 by Leidholm is an important contribution to the Byzantine social history. [...] It’s a reliable study that successfully sorts out issues related to the understanding of genos and kinship. One should express hope that it will become a foundation for further in-depth discussion on individual aspects and specifics of the Byzantine aristocratic family."
- Pawel Lachowicz, Studia Antiquitatis et Medii Aevi Incohantis, 5 (2020)

Nathan Leidholm

Elite Byzantine Kinship, ca. 950-1204

Blood, Reputation, and the Genos

This study explores the role and function of the Byzantine aristocratic family group, or genos, as a distinct social entity, particularly its political and cultural role, as it appears in a variety of sources in the tenth through twelfth centuries. While the genos has served as a central component of many historical arguments attempting to explain the changes occurring in this period, no scholar has yet produced a study focused on the genos as a social unit, and even the concept’s basic definition remains unclear. At the same time, historians of Late Antiquity, Medieval Europe, and Byzantium have all struggled to find meaningful ways to analyze and interpret kinship structures beyond the household or nuclear family. This work seeks to ameliorate these shortcomings and, in so doing, addresses aspects of cultural, social, and political change in Byzantium through the lens of kinship.
Please note: to open this eBook you need Adobe Digital Editions

Nathan Leidholm

[Nathan Leidholm](https://bilkent.academia.edu/NathanLeidholm) holds a PhD in Byzantine History from the University of Chicago. He is currently an Assistant Professor at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey. He specializes in Byzantine elite society from the tenth to thirteenth centuries.