An interview with Ivan Drpić, author of Epigram, Art, and Devotion in Later Byzantium

Ivan, thank you for speaking to us about your book. It is clear from the start that you must have studied hundreds of objects in the course of writing your book. How long was this book in the making? How much did you travel for research purposes? Where were most of your sources located, and … Read moreAn interview with Ivan Drpić, author of Epigram, Art, and Devotion in Later Byzantium

An excerpt from Ivan Drpić’s entry, Epigram, Art, and Devotion in Later Byzantium

Ivan Drpić

A reader familiar with the traditional periodization of Byzantine history may find it surprising that in this study the momentous events of 1204 – the capture of Constantinople by the Fourth Crusade and the subsequent disintegration of the Byzantine Empire – hardly figure as a meaningful chronological break.

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An interview with Andrej and Ivana Petrovic, authors of Inner Purity and Pollution in Greek Religion (Volume I: Early Greek Religion)

Petrovic interview

Thank you for talking to us about your book Inner Purity and Pollution in Greek Religion, Andrej and Ivana. Can we start with the way you work together? You say a little in your introduction about how you work up your thoughts in tandem. It sounds like an exceptionally close form of co-authoring. Do tell … Read moreAn interview with Andrej and Ivana Petrovic, authors of Inner Purity and Pollution in Greek Religion (Volume I: Early Greek Religion)

An excerpt from Ivana and Andrej Petrovic’s entry, Inner Purity and Pollution in Greek Religion

Throughout this book we have explored the inner stance of Greek worshippers, such as they appear in individual and varied guises of the pre-Platonic sources, rather than that of ‘the Greek worshipper’ as a generalized amalgam. The outcomes, we believe, are several.

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An interview with Paul Cartledge, author of Democracy: A Life

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Thank you for taking the time to answer our questions, Paul.

Can we start with your motivation for writing this book?  Was it your knowledge of the ancient world and Greece’s political systems, or concerns about the modern world?

A combination. I think I’m a kind of ‘natural’ democrat in the sense of being (an) anti-elitist egalitarian, but it wasn’t until I was a student first at the University of California and then Oxford that I got a chance to show my true democratic colours

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