An Orthodox Commonwealth

Symbolic Legacies and Cultural Encounters in Southeastern Europe
Kitromilides, Paschalis M.
Date published: 
December 2007

This collection brings together fifteen studies on the survival and adaptation of the Orthodox religious and cultural tradition in the societies of Southeastern Europe after the fall of Constantinople, a world so often misunderstood and misinterpreted. The author argues consistently against all forms of reductionism, questions conventional views and invites the historical imagination to recover and understand a world submerged by nationalist interpretations of the past. This task involves the recovery of the geographical pluralism that made Orthodox culture a truly transnational phenomenon. The collection accordingly brings into focus both the epicentres of Orthodox culture and symbolism such as Mt Athos and Constantinople, but also its hinterlands in Asia Minor and the Balkans.