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The monastic experience, with Alice-Mary Talbot

A conversation with Alice-Mary Talbot on the experience of communal monastic life in Byzantium, ranging from its organization and rules to its religious goals, engagement with society, and differences between monasteries for men and women.

Alice-Mary Talbot is Director of Byzantine Studies Emerita at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection. She is one of the leading historians in the field of Byzantine Christianity, with many books and articles related to monasticism and religious life. Her most recent book is Varieties of Monastic Experience in Byzantium, 800-1453, which was published by the University of Notre Dame Press in 2019.


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Click here to read her Bibliography on Gender in Byzantium

Click here to read her book Holy Women of Byzantium: Ten Saints’ Lives in English Translation

Byzantium & Friends is hosted by Anthony Kaldellis, Professor and Chair of the Department of Classics at The Ohio State University. You can follow him on his personal website.

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Top Image: 11th-century Byzantine miniature representing the Studion Monastery


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