La Spiritualite Byzantine, L'Orient Grec et Chretien Attiques, Thessalie, Macedoine, Salonique, Le Mont Athos
Paris; : Les Editions Du Cygne. Octavo. Item #002231
524 pp. The author has focused on how Byzantine spirituality moved from its Greek milieu and early Christianity as it moved further east. His expertise on the literature, painting, sculpture and architecture shows how those rich cultural influences which began in the Greek city-states continued through the growth of Christianity and the struggle between the West and the East on theological issues and the question of authority. It was the Eastern branch of the Church that valued the great philosophy of ancient Greece while the Western branch that dominated Western Europe became the monolithic Roman Catholic Church that survived relatively unscathed until the Protestant Reformation. The author writes beautifully about their passion and the deepest values and meanings by which people live and how this has changed over the centuries. A very handsome copy bound in 3/4 maroon morocco over maroon cloth, flat spine lettered and decorated in gilt, marbled endpapers, top edge gilt, original front wrapper bound in.