From History to Legend

@article{Hurbanic2019FromHT,
  title={From History to Legend},
  author={Mart{\'i}n Hurbanic},
  journal={The Avar Siege of Constantinople in 626},
  year={2019}
}
  • Martín Hurbanic
  • Published 26 July 2019
  • History
  • The Avar Siege of Constantinople in 626
The second part of this publication follows the process of the gradual transformation of the historical narration about the siege into a legend. There is a focus on the primary sources about the siege and especially on the sermon by Theodore Synkellos that became the foundation for short hagiographic narrations about the Avar attack. The significance of the siege in the context of the concept of Constantinople being a city dedicated to the Mother of God is also acknowledged. In the chapter’s… 

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 28 REFERENCES

The Armenian history attributed to Sebeos

The History attributed to Sebeos is one of the major works of early Armenian historiography. Although anonymous, it was written in the middle of the seventh century, a time when comparable chronicles

Byzantium in the Seventh Century: The Transformation of a Culture

List of plates List of maps Preface and acknowledgements Preface to the revised edition List of abbreviations The sources Introduction 1. The background: state and society before Heraclius 2. The

The Prophets of Notre-Dame-la-Grande at Poitiers: A Definitive Identification

Four figures, carved in bas-relief, appear above the arcading to the left of the main door on the west facade of the Romanesque church of Notre-Dame-la-Grande at Poitiers (Fig. 1). These sculptures

Divine Heiress: The Virgin Mary and the Making of Christian Constantinople

Divine Heiress explores the vital role of the Virgin Mary in the cultural and religious life of Constantinople in late antiquity. It shows how she was transformed from a humble Jewish maiden into a

The Virgin's help for Constantinople

In the last issue of this journal there appeared an article by Bissera Pentcheva in which the author argued that before iconoclasm the cult of Mary knew no images, in particular in processions, and

Witnesses to a World Crisis: Historians and Histories of the Middle East in the Seventh Century

1. George of Pisidia 2. Two Universal Chronicles 3. Seventh-Century Eastern Sources I: The History of Khosrov 4. Seventh-Century Eastern Sources II: The History to the Year 682 and the Khuzistan

The Bronze Athena at Byzantium

1. A Bronze statue of Athena, armed, stood in the Forum of Constantine at Constantinople. This fact is witnessed by three well-known passages: (a) Arethas, bishop of Caesareia (ninth to tenth

Sebeos’ account of an Arab attack on Constantinople in 654

The Armenian writer Sebeos records in detail a great Arab attack on the Byzantine capital in 654, which ended in disastrous failure. No parallel accounts are known, and Sebeos’ report has not been

Marienbilder im Blachernenheiligtum

Abstract Only written sources from the 10th and 11th centuries inform us about the existence of images of the Mother of God in the three buildings of the Blachernae shrine at Constantinople (Great

THE THEOTOKOS IN SIXTH-CENTURY CONSTANTINOPLE A CITY FINDS ITS SYMBOL1

A la fin du VI s. la Vierge Marie prend une place dominante dans la vie religieuse de Constantinople. C'est comme mediatrice, a une epoque ou l'on ressent plus que jamais le besoin d'une puissante