Here are some fascinating thoughts by a Byzantine scholar on some of the historical and religious implications of “Zombies of Byzantium.” Although the author disagrees with my views in some ways, this is still an extremely worthwhile and thought-provoking piece!
Byzantines were highly superstitious and used all sorts of magical and religious practices to guard against dangers and untimely deaths. In fact, their religious and spiritual imaginations were so rich, it almost seems unnecessarily complicated to add the dimension of an epic battle among the undead fighting for good and evil.
It’s always odd and interesting to see what surfaces with new internet searches about Byzantine culture and studies. I give you Zombies of Byzantium by Sean Munger, a new fictional horror book set in the eighth century of the Byzantine Empire as the Saracen armies attack Constantinople. The battle escalates to good zombies lead by a young monk fighting against bad zombies. The young monk, Stephen Diabetenos, happens to be an icon painter.
I can’t give a full review of the book because I haven’t read it and I’m not likely to buy or borrow the book any…
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