Drawing on quite a number philosophical and theological writings produced in eleventh-century Byzantium, this publication deals a examining of the icon and Byzantine aesthetics that not just expands our knowing of those subject matters yet demanding situations our assumptions concerning the murals itself.
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Discussion at Gouillard, “Synodikon” 20. Gouillard’s text provides a few improved readings of this earlier edition: lines 1–183, 753–762, and 767–770. Since the publication of Gouillard’s edition a German translation of a Georgian version of the primitive Synodikon text has been published. 62 This witness allows us to glimpse the text prior to the changes that began to be made to it in the second-half of the eleventh and to which we shall return later in this study. What the text betrays is an understanding that Orthodoxy has its origins in the correct interpretation of Christ’s icon.
11 In it, Symeon weds sacred history to the problem of the post-lapsarian knowledge of the Christian God. In so doing, this Discourse sets forth the New Theologian’s broader theological position. ”17 This exchange, a “spiritual seeing (ƱƮƧƶvƣƵƫƬːƳ ƤƭɗƱưƮƵƧƳ),” allows man 10 Jean Darrouzès, Syméon le Nouveau Théologien, Traités théologiques et éthiques, Sources Chrétiennes 122 (Paris: Les Éditions du Cerf, 1966): 170–309 (hereafter Traités). It is translated at: Alexander Golitzin, St. Symeon the New Theologian, On the Mystical Life: The Ethical Discourses, Vol.
It is not good if this is done by those who are not worthy. For this reason no one is to paint the holy churches who has been anathematized by what has been decreed, nor to teach in a similar place, until they have turned back from their deceit. Therefore, if anyone after our declaration were to allow these in whatever manner to paint holy icons in the church or to teach, if he is a cleric he will endanger his rank, if he is a layman he will be banished and deprived of the divine mysteries. Here, painting, theology and philosophy are placed on the same plane and are subject to the same policing.