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Anna Komnene: The Life and Work of a Medieval Historian

Leonora Neville

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780190498177
eISBN:
9780190498191
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190498177.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

The authorial persona constructed by Anna Komnene in her Alexiad (a history of her father the Byzantine Emperor, Alexios Komnenos, 1081–1118) responded to the challenges Byzantine culture created for ... More


Qualified, and Modest about It

Leonora Neville

in Anna Komnene: The Life and Work of a Medieval Historian

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780190498177
eISBN:
9780190498191
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190498177.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter explains how in the prologue to the Alexiad Anna Komnene tried to present her qualifications for writing authoritative history—including her education, relationship with the subject ... More


Unbiased Historian and Devoted Daughter

Leonora Neville

in Anna Komnene: The Life and Work of a Medieval Historian

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780190498177
eISBN:
9780190498191
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190498177.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

In Anna Komnene’s case, the historical ideal of writing without favoritism or bias was at odds with the cultural ideal of a woman’s devotion to her parents. This chapter focuses on Anna’s handling of ... More


Crying like a Woman and Writing like a Man

Leonora Neville

in Anna Komnene: The Life and Work of a Medieval Historian

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780190498177
eISBN:
9780190498191
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190498177.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter addresses those moments of the Alexiad when Anna Komnene switches from writing in a dispassionate, masculine historian’s voice to a highly feminized voice of pathos-laden lamentation, ... More


Gathering Research without Leaving the House

Leonora Neville

in Anna Komnene: The Life and Work of a Medieval Historian

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780190498177
eISBN:
9780190498191
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190498177.003.0006
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter discusses Anna Komnene’s efforts to substantiate her research while maintaining her persona as a modest woman. It explores the conflict between the Greek ideal of historiography that ... More


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