By Alexander P. Kazhdan
The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium is a three-volume, entire dictionary of Byzantine civilization. the 1st source of its sort within the box, it beneficial properties over 5,000 entries written by means of a world staff of eminent Byzantinists protecting all elements of lifestyles within the Byzantine international. in accordance with Alexander Kazhdan, editor-in-chief of the Dictionary: ''Entries on patriarchy and emperors will coexist with entries on surgical procedure and musical tools. An access at the cultivation of grain won't purely be hooked up to entries on agriculture and its economics yet on vitamin, the baking of bread, and the function of bread during this altering society.'' significant entries deal with such issues as agriculture, paintings, literature, and politics, whereas shorter entries study subject matters that relate to Byzantium equivalent to the heritage of Kiev and personalities of historical and biblical background. each one article is via a bibliography, and various maps, tables, architectural designs, and genealogies make stronger and make clear the textual content. the recent Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium often is the normal learn device and reference paintings for Byzantinists from graduate scholars to complicated students, and a necessary source for faculty and faculty libraries. it is going to even be a useful advisor for classicists, Western medievalists, Islamicists, Slavicists, paintings historians, spiritual historians, and students of archaeology.
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Extra resources for The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium 3-Volume Set
Next Babewyn. Any of the ugly or demonic creatures which populate medieval artwork; many are to be found cut in *cathedral stone, tucked away from first gaze. [< OFr. babuin = grimace, baboon; ME babywynrie = something monstrous] – Cf. previous; Bagwyn; Bestiary; Blemmya; Cynocephalus; Gryllus Babylon. Geography in medieval Europe was rudimentary. In this period Cairo was known in the West as Babylon. China was thought to be at the source of the Nile, as its silk was shipped down that river to Babylon/Cairo.
Cf. Bere; Inland Berfrois. A grandstand constructed to allow spectators a view of the *tournament from above ground-level. The word was also used to refer to a watch tower and is the AN form of *berefredum. – Cf. Recet Berm. That area between a plain or *curtain wall of a castle and its ditch or moat. Bernardines. A name given sometimes to the Cistercian order in recognition of St Bernard of Clairvaux, their most distinguished member. The name Bernadine Sisters was used of an order of *Franciscan sisters in Poland in the mid-15c.
With 19 a dictionary of medieval terms and phrases visor, *beaver and *gorget and secured with chin straps. It became the archetypal helmet, used throughout Europe. – Cf. Basinet Armiger. An esquire; orig. a young man who attended a knight by carrying his shield. The Latin form was armigerus. g. when John Leland mentioned in his Itinerary two members of a 14c family, ‘Thomas Golaffre, armiger, . . and Syr Morice Brun, knight’. It was the Latin form for what we know as a country squire, a man with land, well-born but not knighted.