Creating Memories in Late 8th-century Byzantium
The Short History of Nikephoros of Constantinople
Amsterdam University Press
The Short History of Nikephoros of Constantinople is one of the key sources for our understanding of Byzantine history in the eighth century. This book offers a close look at that volume and its manner of representing the historical role of Byzantine emperors and ecclesiology, with particular attention to the use of images, an issue of central importance amid the period's first outburst of iconoclasm. When seen through this lens, the Short History is revealed to be more engaged with and burdened by contemporary political and ecclesiastical strife than has previously been thought.
Dragoljub Marjanovic is a Research Associate on the project ‘Christian culture in the Balkans in the Middle Ages: Byzantine Empire, the Serbs and Bulgarians from the 9th to the 15th century’ at the University of Belgrade (Department of History, Faculty of Philosophy).