The Life of the Patriarch John the Faster is published and introsuced as a first-hand historical source
The article analyzes the Russian-Greek phrasebook of the 15th century. For the first time, the text is viewed as a historical source.
When speaking of Cyril and Methodius’s embassy, one must acknowledge its completely unique place in Byzantine history. Constantine firmly believed that all peoples were worthy of baptism; however, this does not mean that the concept of a “barbarian” had no relevance for him. The work of Methodius and his disciples in Moravia can be evaluated using the “Law for Judging the People”. This was especially the case regarding the rules for marriage, and became one of the reasons for the ultimate failure of Cyril and Methodius’ entire endeavour. Half a century later, while converting the Alans, the Byzantines used this experience. The Greeks had apparently learned a great deal from their “Latin” rivals in Bulgaria and Moravia.
In the evidence of Byzantine sources layers are identified that reflect the
changes in political environment and the historical evolution in describing the
events of 941.
This book is simultaneously a history of Constantinopolitan topography and a guide through the Byzantine monuments of Istanbul, both well-known and absolutelu obsure
The versions of the Life of Basil the Younger found in the Greek manuscript Athos Dionysiou 107 and in several copies of the Life’s Slavic translation date back to early stages of the text’s editing. These versions provide a lot of important data that disappeared at a later stage as reflected in the Moscow manuscript, which is reproduced in the Washington edition of 2014. Among other things, Amastrianon and Ox squares can now be located with more precision.
Festschrift for Boris Floria