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Byzantine Poetry from Pisides to Geometres, Volume 1 by Marc D. Lauxtermann

By Marc D. Lauxtermann

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

All Greek is translated, so this booklet will nonetheless be of significantly use to these with no the Greek language. The notes at the Greek are offered in this type of means that the non-specialist will nonetheless locate them attention-grabbing and readable. they appear to be rather basic notes, and even supposing may perhaps indicate "interesting", universal, or unusual bits of phrases or bits of grammar, they're sincerely aimed toward a layman audience.

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

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57v (s. X), the poem consists of 30 verses and addresses an unnamed Calabrian youth; in Vall. E 37, fol. 91r (a. 1317), however, there are 86 verses and the poem addresses an 48 Part One: Texts and Contexts anonymous Sicilian66. The poem is, even by Byzantine standards, a mediocre piece of writing. It excels in sterile verbosity with a lot of redundant adjectives and appositions. It contains hackneyed metaphors and images, such as virtues shining forth “like the sun, a radiant crown, the light at dawn, glittering diamonds”, etcetera.

The word äparca5, “first fruits”, may indicate that this was the first encomium Geometres wrote on behalf of Basil the Nothos and that he implicitly promises to write more “fruits of words” if Basil is pleased with this particular product of his pen. If so, it would explain why Geometres uses the metaphor of fatherly care for young poets. He is no longer that “young”, but he wants to serve a “new” master (n6oß can have both meanings). He is a poet in need of loving care from his new patron – that is, loving care in the form of a lucrative position in the army.

Literary texts were not a marketable commodity and the book trade, as far as it existed, must have been bumping along the bottom of recession. Therefore, to speak of texts as “literary products” is rather an anachronism, because it conjures up the image of a lively industry and a large market of consumers. There is only one poem that one may perhaps call a “product”, inasmuch as it is a ready-made standard text that could be used by any Byzantine who had to give a speech. This encomium can be found in two southern-Italian manuscripts.

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