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Subtle BodiesRepresenting Angels in Byzantium$
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Glenn Peers and A. Long

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520224056

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520224056.001.0001

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Apprehending the Archangel Michael

Apprehending the Archangel Michael

(p.157) Five Apprehending the Archangel Michael
Subtle Bodies

Glenn Peers

University of California Press

This chapter proceeds with an examination of hagiographical writings and miracle stories which attempted to describe the presence and appearance of Archangel Michael. Dealing with several miracle stories at some length demonstrates the ways in which each text persuades its audience of the Archangel's benevolent immediacy. The tales of the miracle at Chonae contributed in this examination since the “pre-history” of this cult is relatively clear and the shrine's activities during the Byzantine period were famous. The miracle of Archangel Michael at Monte Gargano in southern Italy and of the shrine in Asia Minor described by Michael Psellus allowed certain structural similarities to emerge, the miracle stories revealed the Archangel Michael's subtle, elemental force active in a landscape and consequently bind him to places to strengthen expectation of worshipper's devotional return.

Keywords:   Archangel Michael, miracle, Monte Gargano, shrine, examination

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