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By Marc D. Lauxtermann

ISBN-10: 370013150X

ISBN-13: 9783700131502

This can be an anthology of Byzantine poetry (minus hymns), going "genre by means of genre."
This e-book comprises elements 1 and a couple of of a 3 half paintings. The 3rd half is released in a separate quantity. This quantity comprises "Texts and Contexts"--a very thorough introduction--and the part on epigrams.

All Greek is translated, so this ebook will nonetheless be of significantly use to these with out the Greek language. The notes at the Greek are provided in the sort of means that the non-specialist will nonetheless locate them fascinating and readable. they appear to be particularly normal notes, and even supposing may well indicate "interesting", universal, or unusual bits of phrases or bits of grammar, they're in actual fact geared toward a layman audience.

Anyone with the second one quantity (third part), be at liberty to percentage!

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See, for instance, the panegyric In Heraclium ex Africa redeuntem, vv. 72–75: “O thee, provisioner of noble favours, favours that do not relate to transient matters but lead to the everlasting substance, accept this small (contribution) and teach me (how to deliver) greater (contributions)”. The poem was written in late 610 or early 611 by George of Pisidia, when he had not yet been enlisted into the service of 50 See LAUXTERMANN 1998d: 360, 364–365 and 369–370. Byzantine Poetry in Context 39 Herakleios, the emperor whom he would faithfully serve throughout his remaining career51.

77 (see Chr. Mityl. 78). Although the text of Chr. Mityl. 79 is badly damaged, it is clear that Peter was surprised that Mitylenaios could compose a beautiful monody to his sister, although he was grief-stricken by her death at a young age. If he really bewailed her untimely death, how could Mitylenaios write such a superbly constructed text? If he genuinely regretted her loss, how could he indulge in splendid rhetoric? This is hardly a veiled criticism. Peter praises Christopher Mitylenaios for his beautiful style and fine rhetoric, but takes him to task for not being sincere enough.

Quite something for a patron! He is both artist and poet! There is no evidence to support this ridiculous theory, and it does not accord with the little we know about the production of epigrams in Byzantium. True enough, what we know is not much, but all the pieces and shreds of evidence clearly indicate 61 HÖRANDNER 2003–04 discusses an interesting verse inscription on a niello cross at Sinai, at the bottom of which we find a text in prose: kaò t2 loip2 ™n t! graó! aJto¯ (“and the rest in his own drawing”).

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