Sylvester Syropoulos on Politics and Culture in the Fifteenth-Century Mediterranean

Author(s): 
Kondyli, Fotini
Author(s): 
Andriopoulou, Vera
Author(s): 
Panou, Eirini
ISBN: 
9781409439660
Date published: 
June 2014
Hardback
Price: 
£70.00

The contributors of this volume take the Memoirs of Sylvester Syropoulos, written by a Byzantine ecclesiastical official in the fifteenth century, as their starting point in reconstructing Mediterranean living conditions and artistic and commercial exchange in the late Middle Ages. Syropoulos’s text, a rare eye-witness account of the Council of Ferrara-Florence for the union of the Greek and Latin Churches (1438–1439), is discussed as an invaluable source for political affairs at that time, as a travel account, and as a literary work. An annotated translation of the text is included.