The Madrid Skylitzes: Electronic Reproduction & International Interdisciplinary Study Of The First Illustrated History Book

Grant number: LX0455661

Abstract

With its 574 miniatures, the Madrid Skylitzes is the only known illustrated Greek chronicle (and the sole source for certain periods). But is it Europe's first illustrated history book or copied from a Constantinopolitan original? Token Greek resistance to the increasing Latinization of tri-cultural Sicily or Norman propaganda to undermine Byzantine claims to the island? Isolated studies have produced starkly contradictory answers. Recent cross-disciplinary investigations by an international team have yielded better results. The collaborators will apply the methods of codicology, palaeography, stylistics, art history, historiography, computational linguistics, narratology and intertextuality..

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