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Saints and SpectacleByzantine Mosaics in their Cultural Setting$
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Carolyn L. Connor

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190457624

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190457624.001.0001

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Feasting the Saints

Feasting the Saints

The Sanctoral Topography of Constantinople

(p.99) Chapter 4 Feasting the Saints
Saints and Spectacle

Carolyn L. Connor

Oxford University Press

Constantinople may be understood as a stage on which rituals were enacted, to ensure an image of peaceful and orderly existence and protection by the saints under imperial rule. This assertion is based on a tabulation of references in the Typikon of the Great Church, Book of Ceremonies, Vita Basilii, and Raymond Janin’s comprehensive list of churches (Géographie ecclésiastique) of the sites visited in processional liturgies. From these sources emerges a picture of the correlation between popular processions and individual churches and shrines dedicated to saints—specifically those saints who appear as subjects in surviving mosaics and frescoes. The connection is demonstrated between the rhythmic yearly cycle of feasts, civic celebrations and processions, and beliefs in the prophylactic power of images such as those found in icons and monumental mosaic decoration.

Keywords:   topography, Book of Ceremonies, procession, civic celebration, cycle of feasts, Constantinople

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