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By Leslie Brubaker

Byzantine ‘iconoclasm' is legendary and has inspired iconoclast routine from the English Reformation and French Revolution to Taliban, however it has additionally been woefully misunderstood: this publication indicates how and why the controversy approximately photos was once extra complex, and extra fascinating, than it's been awarded long ago. It explores how icons got here to be so vital, who adverse them, and the way the debate approximately photographs performed itself out through the years among c. 680 and 850. Many extensively approved assumptions approximately ‘iconoclasm' – that it was once an imperial initiative that ended in frequent destruction of pictures, that the foremost promoters of icon veneration have been clergymen, and that the period used to be one in every of cultural stagnation – are proven to be flawed. as a substitute, the years of the picture debates observed technological advances and highbrow shifts that, coupled with a growing to be economic climate, concluded with the emergence of medieval Byzantium as a powerful and good empire.

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