Emotions and Gender in Byzantine Culture

  • Stavroula Constantinou
  • Mati Meyer

Part of the New Approaches to Byzantine History and Culture book series (NABHC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxiii
  2. Introduction

  3. The Gender of Grief

  4. Women and ‘Male’ Emotions

  5. Men, Women and Erotic Passion

  6. Conclusion

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 281-281
    2. Stavroula Constantinou
      Pages 283-315
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 317-327

About this book


This book examines the gendered dimensions of emotions and the emotional aspects of gender within Byzantine culture and suggests possible readings of such instances. In so doing, the volume celebrates the current breadth of Byzantine gender studies while at the same time contributing to the emerging field of Byzantine emotion studies. It offers the reader an array of perspectives encompassing various sources and media, including historiography, hagiography, theological writings, epistolography, erotic literature, art objects, and illuminated manuscripts. The ten chapters cover a time span ranging from the early to the late Byzantine periods. This diversity is secured by an expanded and enriched exploration of the collection’s unifying theme of gendered emotions. The scope and breadth of the chapters also reflect the ways in which Byzantine gender and emotion have been studied thus far, while at the same time offering novel approaches that challenge established opinions in Byzantine studies.


class religion sexuality sentiment feelings

Editors and affiliations

  • Stavroula Constantinou
    • 1
  • Mati Meyer
    • 2
  1. 1.University of CyprusNicosiaCyprus
  2. 2.The Open University of IsraelRa’ananaIsrael

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages History History (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-96037-1
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-96038-8
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