Chapter 2. The Byzantine Late Antiquity

  1. Philip Rousseau
  1. Stratis Papaioannou

Published Online: 9 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444306101.ch2

A Companion to Late Antiquity

A Companion to Late Antiquity

How to Cite

Papaioannou, S. (2009) The Byzantine Late Antiquity, in A Companion to Late Antiquity (ed P. Rousseau), Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444306101.ch2

Editor Information

  1. Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Early Christian Studies, The Catholic University of America, USA

Author Information

  1. Dumbarton Oaks Assistant Professor of Byzantine Studies, Classics Department, Brown University, USA

  1. This essay was Written While in Residence at the Freie Universität, Berlin with the Support of a Fellowship from the Alexander Von Humboldt Foundation. I am Indebted to Both Institutions. I also Wish to Thank Diether R. Reinsch and Athanasios Markopoulos

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 9 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 30 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405119801

Online ISBN: 9781444306101



  • Late Antiquity - view from the future;
  • Late Antiquity as seem through thick haze of memory and interpretation;
  • Byzantine Late Antiquity;
  • Late Antiquity and their Byzantine, medieval, Renaissance, or Enlightenment layers;
  • writing about Byzantium's Late Antiquity and writing about Byzantium itself;
  • looking at the past at the end of antiquity;
  • Byzantine chronicles and Late Antique theological transparency;
  • Ninth-Century literary criticism and appreciation of form;
  • eleventh-century readings of late antique texts;
  • twelfth-century writings of late antique past


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Content 1: Looking at the Past at the End of Antiquity

  • Content 2: Byzantine Chronicles and Late Antique Theological Transparency

  • Form 1: Ninth-Century Literary Criticism and the Appreciation of Form

  • Form 2: Eleventh-Century Readings of Late Antique Texts

  • Form 3: Twelfth-Century Writings about the Late Antique Past

  • Conclusions

  • Bibliographical Note