VIN Yu.Ya. The Notion “δουλεία” as a Sociocultural Concept in Presentation of Byzantine Acts


Yury Ya. Vin

Candidate of Sciences (History), Senior Researcher,

Institute of World History, RAS,

Prosp. Leninskiy, 32a, 991119 Moscow, Russian Federation

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Abstract. The study of sociocultural concepts plays special role in the modern historical studies, correlated to the common tendency of raising of cognitive knowledge in the humanities. The concept ‘service’ / ‘work’ is one of the key ones for the Byzantines. The study of this concept confirms, that it had a wide semantic field, which revealed the specifics of medieval Byzantine documents. The nature of this concept demands surely a concrete description for every reference to ‘service’ execution, as well as the context specification of thr concept’s semantic content. Such approach determines the scholarly perspective of its study. The author of the present research doesn’t aim at analyzing all word usages of the concept ‘service’ / ‘work’ in Byzantine acts. Its mentions in the Byzantine law and Slavonic receptions have not been taken into consideration. The key point is that the conducted analysis of the most common data of medieval Byzantine acts on the concept ‘service’ / ‘work’ demonstrates that this problem is correlated to the urgent issue of Humanities – epistemological significance of historical documents in the anthropological aspect. First of all, it is an assessment of the opportunity of synthesizing the concrete historical knowledge in the holistic picture of historic reality. The studied word acquired a special ideological value for eyewitnesses of past events and phenomena, while we comprehend and interpret it as a sociocultural concept inherent to social consciousness of medieval man.

Key words: Byzantium, acts, sociocultural concept, service, work.

Citation. Vin Yu.Ya. The Notion «δουλεία» as a Sociocultural Concept in Presentation of Byzantine Acts. Vestnik Volgogradskogo gosudarstvennogo universiteta. Seriya 4, Istoriya. Regionovedenie. Mezhdunarodnye otnosheniya [Science Journal of Volgograd State University. History. Area Studies. International Relations], 2017, vol. 22, no. 5, pp. 149-161 (in Russian). DOI:

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