Postdoctoral Research Fellow, 2016-2017
Gabriel Radle specializes in Christian ritual of the late ancient and medieval periods. His publications include studies on life cycle rites in the Middle East, monastic liturgy at Mt Sinai, medieval Christianity in Southern Italy, and theories of prayer posture in East and West. He completed his doctorate in 2013 at the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome. He went on to hold fellowships at Yale University (Institute of Sacred Music), Harvard University (Dumbarton Oaks), and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (Center for the Study of Christianity).
Across cultures, marriage is viewed as one of the most important social and religious rites of passage. Yet not one single monograph is dedicated to the history of nuptials in Byzantium. My research will be concentrated on completing the first book-length study on the history of marriage ritual in the Byzantine world, from Southern Italy to the Middle East. The work is interdisciplinary. While it is based primarily on Greek manuscript sources of wedding rites, I will interpret these texts alongside Patristic testimony, accounts of imperial marriages, weddings described in saint vitae, visual representations, as well as extant material evidence, such as wedding crowns, rings and belts.