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The “Fury of Medea”

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/9780190498177.003.0011
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter charts the development of standard, pejorative narrative of Anna Komnene’s life in modern scholarship. It traces the depiction of Anna in a selection of histories written from the ... More


Introduction

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/9780190498177.003.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

The introduction provides an overview of the biography of Anna Komnene, including known details about her birth, betrothal, marriage, children, and death. It explains how Anna’s life is usually seen ... More


Ambition and Brotherly Love

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/9780190498177.003.0010
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter argues that there is little substantive evidence to think that Anna Komnene hated her brother John II Komnenos. It discusses passages in the Alexiad used to argue for animosity and the ... 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


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


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


Celebrating an Odd Bird

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/9780190498177.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter explores how Anna Komnene’s character, and her relationships with John Komnenos and Nikephoros Bryennios, were depicted in court oratory of the twelfth century. After discussing works by ... 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


A Room of One’s Own

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/9780190498177.003.0009
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter argues that Anna Komnene was not forced to live in a monastery after an unsuccessful coup attempt against her brother John II Komnenos, as is commonly believed. It explores the evidence ... More


Deathbed Dramas

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/9780190498177.003.0007
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

Pointing out that the standard image of Anna Komnene in modern scholarship—as an ambitious and arrogant woman who desperately wanted to rule the empire—is the exact opposite of the image of a modest, ... More


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