Short Questionnaire regarding the relation between words and images (specifically: Byzantine holy icons)

Hello!

First of all, I want to thank you for your kindness of taking this short questionnaire. The results of this survey will be annexed to an MA Thesis that will deal with the relation existent between words and images, specifically: Byzantine holy icons.

Please mark your agreement or disagreement to the statements contained by the questions below, using numbers ranging from 1 to 5, according to the strength of your agreement or disagreement.

Before taking up this survey, I would recommend seeing Jonathan Klein's very brief, but thought-provoking TED presentation, entitled "Photos that changed the world" (http://is.gd/8wFH1J).

1 = strongly disagree; 2 = disagree; 3 = doubtful; 4 = agree; 5 = strongly agree


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    Further reading I’d recommend:

    St. John Damascene – On Holy Images (free audio book: http://archive.org/details/DamasceneHolyImages) Jaroslav Pelikan – Imago Dei Georgios Kordis - Hierotypos Vladimir Lossky, Leonid Ouspensky – The Meaning of Icons Glenn Peers – Subtle Bodies: Representing Angels in Byzantium Leslie Brubaker – Vision and Meaning in Ninth-Century Byzantium: Image as Exegesis in the Homilies of Gregory of Nazianzus Leslie Brubaker – Inventing Byzantine Iconoclasm K. Parry – Depicting the Word: Byzantine Iconophile Thought of the Eighth and Ninth Centuries Maria G. Parani – Reconstructing the Reality of Images: Byzantine Material Culture and Religious Iconography (11th - 15th Centuries) Solrunn Nes – The Mystical Language Of Icons Michael Quenot – The Icon: Window on the Kingdom Linette Martin – Sacred Doorways Susan Neville – Iconography: A Writer's Meditation I want to add that I haven’t read any yet. I’m just beginning to study for my MA Thesis, so I don’t know how much or how many are truly recommendable. They represent a few of the most representative titles I gathered for my bibliography. There are many other, just browse the web. Moreover, because the Byzantine Empire abounded in Byzantine icons, I also recommend seeing the exquisite documentary entitled "Byzantium - The Lost Empire" (made by ABTV for The Learning Channel 1997), presented by British Egyptologist John Romer. You can watch it here: Part 1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vCVYF_XIfvk Part 2: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLHtimYpr4E&feature=relmfu Part 3: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kck65BL3-EE&feature=relmfu Part 4: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zdf7qsLoZ74&feature=relmfu