Supplementa
Études byzantines et post-byzantines

Launched in 2021

Supplementa Études byzantines et post-byzantines, launched in 2021 and coordinated by Andrei Timotin (editor), is published under the auspices of the Romanian Society for Byzantine Studies. The series publishes state-of-the-art research in Byzantine and post-Byzantine studies undertaken by scholars of Byzantium. The Supplementa is published with Herlo Verlag in Heidelberg.

Vol. 1, 2021

Rendre la couronne au Christ.
Étude sur la fin de l’idée impériale byzantine

Author: Petre Guran
Scientific researcher at the Institute for South-East European Studies of the Romanian Academy. His work focuses on religious anthropology applied to Byzantine society and culture. More precisely, he studies the process of mutual influences between theological thought and structures of society and political power in the Byzantine world. Having a BA from the University of Bucharest, he continued with a master’s degree in France and defended his dissertation entitled Sainteté royale et pouvoir universel en terre d’Orthodoxie. Fin du Moyen Age et début de l’époque moderne at EHESS, Paris (2003). He acted as Managing Director for the academic program “First College of European Citizenship: Monasteries and European Identity,” organized by the European Council. He held a DAAD fellowship at the Ludwig-Maximilian University in Munich and a teaching fellowship at Princeton University, Center for Hellenic Studies, 2004-2006. He contributed with chapters to the Oxford History of Historical Writing (2012), the Oxford History of Late Antiquity (2012), and the Histoire de la conscience européenne (2016). He co-edited Héritages de Byzance en Europe du Sud-Est aux époques moderne et contemporaine (2013), Constantin Brâncoveanu et le monde de l’Orthodoxie (2015), and Faith and Community around the Mediterranean. In Honor of Peter R. L. Brown (EBPB 1, new series, 2019). He is the initiator of the educational project Școala de la Bunești.

Description: Une idée-désir hante la Russie et les Balkans à travers leurs Églises et monarchies nationales, que Byzance ne mourût pas le 29 mai 1453, mais survécût en tant que Troisième Rome ou héritage byzantin. Ce livre confirme que Byzance en tant qu’idée ne meurt pas, mais ses représentations du pouvoir changent à tel point au long des deux derniers siècles avant la date fatidique, qu’il n’y a plus d’héritage politique à léguer. De cette transformation naquirent une autre institution universelle, l’Église orthodoxe, centrée sur son patriarche œcuménique, et un espace culturel et géopolitique, l’Orthodoxie. Parmi les innovations iconographiques du XIVe s. une place spéciale reçoit l’icône du Christ empereur et prêtre, vêtu des pièces d’apparat de l’empereur byzantin et du patriarche œcuménique. Cette image éclatante de la fusion des deux fonctions, impériale et sacerdotale, exprime par antithèse la mise en cause de l’idée impériale byzantine, selon laquelle l’empereur vivant était une image du Christ et relance le débat sur la nature des deux pouvoirs à la lumière de la théologie palamite. De la sorte, la monarchie se trouva désacralisée et dépourvue du nimbe ex dignitate officii, alors que les patriarches s’évertuèrent à dépeindre en eux cette image du Christ. La cohérence de cette transformation fut assurée par un groupe de moines théologiens et hommes d’action, amis et disciples de Grégoire Palamas, parmi lesquels l’empereur-moine Jean-Joasaph Cantacuzène et le patriarche Philothée Kokkinos. Les « palamites » accèdent au patriarcat de Constantinople et imposent une réévaluation de l’Empire comme institution accessoire de l’Église. L’idée impériale byzantine, dont les expressions idéologiques remontaient à l’antiquité tardive, se voit démunie de ses raisons d’être avant que la dernière bataille ne soit livrée. De ce mouvement d’idées il résulta que la Troisième Rome n’était pas un Empire, mais tout au plus une Église.

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Herlo Verlag Publishing House and the SRSB offer the book at the special price of 57.4 EUR, shipping in the EU included. For orders, request a proforma invoice at office@darksolutions.ro. After the proforma is issued, payment can be made in the bank account RO52BTRLEURCRT0330558301.

The discounted price for orders within Romania is 129 RON. For orders, request a proforma invoice at office@darksolutions.ro. After the proforma is issued, payment can be made in the bank account RO05BTRLRONCRT0330558301. The volume is also available at Doxologia (Iași) and Eminescu (Bucharest) bookstores.

Vol. 2, 2021

Defending the True Faith in the Twilight of the Empire. 
The Palaeologian Synodicon for the Sunday of Orthodoxy in Its Slavic Translation

Author: Ivan Biliarsky
(with an Annexe by Antonio Rigo, The Tome of Condemnation of the Holy Mountain, beginning of 1345)

Ivan Alexandrov Biliarsky graduated in law (1983) and cultural anthropology (1985) from Sofia University; PhD (1989), Dr. Sci. (2009). He holds the chair of professor of Medieval History at the Institute for Historical Research, BAS and is professor of the history of law and institutions at the Faculties of Law UNWE, Sofia and VFU, Varna. He has published more than 20 books and over 250 articles and studies in almost all European countries, the United States, and Japan. His main areas of interest include medieval law and institutions, political theology, sources and manuscript studies.

Description: The present book contains a study of the most recent variant of the Synodicon for the Feast of the Triumph of Orthodoxy, which is called “Palaeologian.” The Synodicon is a complex work without one final and fixed text. Changes continued to be made as ecumenical and local synods were convened to respond to dogmatic controversies. The text thus continued to grow over time and developed differently in different geographical areas. The French editor of the Greek original text – Jean Gouillard – proposed the now generally accepted division of the Synodicon into three variants, following the different époques and dynasties: Macedonian, Comnenian and Palaeologian. The established opinion was that all the South-Slavic manuscript copies of this work belong to the so-called “Comnenian” variant, but after the discovery of the text in a manuscript from the collection of the Library of Romanian Academy (BAR, Ms. Sl. 307) this view was radically changed. Research resulted in the classification of this witness as “Palaeologian.” Furthermore, based on comparison with this manuscript, the already known Drinov copy (National Library in Sofia, 432) has also been recognised as belonging to the same variant. The Palaeologian Synodicon reflects and presents dogmatic discussions and polemics from the second part of 14th century, related to the hesychast movement in the Orthodox church with its political repercussions. The book presents a detailed study of the textual and historical tradition of the Synodicon and an edition of the text of both known witnesses of its most recent variant, with commentary. Thus, light is shed on the theological controversies during the twilight of the Empire. There is also an appendix with an article by Antonio Rigo, “The Tome of Condemnation of the Holy Mountain (Beginning of 1345).” It contains a very important Greek text of the so-called Hagioretikon gramma that has its textual counterpart only in the Bucharest copy of the Synodicon, published also in this book.

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Herlo Verlag Publishing House and the SRSB offer the book at the special price of 45 EUR, shipping in the EU included. For orders, request a proforma invoice at office@darksolutions.ro. After the proforma is issued, payment can be made in the bank account RO52BTRLEURCRT0330558301.

The discounted price for orders within Romania is 90 RON. For orders, request a proforma invoice at office@darksolutions.ro. After the proforma is issued, payment can be made in the bank account RO05BTRLRONCRT0330558301. The volume is also available at Doxologia (Iași) and Eminescu (Bucharest) bookstores.