This book offers the first complete overview of Byzantine poetry from the 4th to the 15th century. By bringing together 22 scholars, it explores the development of poetic trends and the interaction between poetry and society throughout the Byzantine millennium; it addresses a wide range of issues concerning the writing and reading of poetry (such as style, language, metrics, function, and circulation); and it surveys a large number of texts by looking closely at their place within the social and cultural milieus of their authors. Overall, the volume aims to enhance our understanding of Byzantine poetry and shed light on its important place in Byzantine literary culture.
Contributors are Eirini Afentoulidou, Gianfranco Agosti, Roderick Beaton, Floris Bernard, Carolina Cupane, Kristoffel Demoen, Ivan Drpic, Jürgen Fuchsbauer, Antonia Giannouli, Martin Hinterberger, Wolfram Hörandner, Elizabeth Jeffreys, Michael Jeffreys, Marc Lauxtermann, Ingela Nilsson, Emilie van Opstall, Andreas Rhoby, Kurt Smolak, Foteini Spingou, Maria Tomadaki, Ioannis Vassis, Nikos Zagklas.
Wolfram Hörandner, Ph.D. (1966), University of Vienna, is Emeritus Professor of Byzantine literature. He has published extensively on Byzantine literature. His main publications include
Theodoros Prodromos, Historische Gedichte (1974) and
Der Prosarhythmus in der rhetorischen Literatur der Byzantiner (1981)
Andreas Rhoby, PD Ph.D. (2000), University of Vienna, works at the Austrian Academy of Sciences, where he is deputy head of the Division of Byzantine Research. He is also Privatdozent at the University of Vienna. His major publication is the 4-volume corpus on Byzantine inscriptional epigrams.
Nikos Zagklas, Ph.D. (2014), University of Vienna, is Assistant Professor at the Institute of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies, University of Vienna. He has published on Theodore Prodromos and Byzantine poetry (especially of the 12th century).
Table of contents
AcknowledgementsX Notes on Contributors X Byzantine Poetry: an Introduction Nikos Zagklas
Part 1: Preliminaries: Contexts, Language, Metrics, and Style
Byzantine Poetry: Texts and Contexts Marc D. Lauxtermann
The Language of Byzantine Poetry: New Words, Alternative Forms, and “Mixed Language” Martin Hinterberger
From Hexameters to Fifteen-syllable Verse Michael Jeffreys
Byzantine Poetry and Rhetoric Elizabeth Jeffreys
Part 2: Periods, Authors, Social and Cultural Milieus
Late Antique Poetry and its Reception Gianfranco Agosti
George of Pisidia: the Spring of Byzantine Poetry? Ioannis Vassis
Monasticism and Iconolatry: Theodore Stoudites Kristoffel Demoen
John Geometres: a Poet around the Year 1000 Emilie van Opstall and Maria Tomadaki
The 11th Century: Michael Psellos and Contemporaries Floris Bernard
“How Many Verses Shall I Write and Say?” Poetry in the Komnenian Period (1081–1204) Nikos Zagklas
Poetry on Commission in Late Byzantium (13th–15th century) Andreas Rhoby
Part 3: Poetry in Byzantium and Beyond
“Accept a Roman Song with a Kindly Heart!”: Latin Poetry in Byzantium Kurt Smolak
Philippos Monotropos in Byzantium and the Slavonic World Eirini Afentoulidou and Jürgen Fuchsbauer
Byzantine Poetry at the Norman Court of Sicily (1130–c.1200) Carolina Cupane
Part 4: Transmission and Circulation
Byzantine Collections and Anthologies of Poetry Foteini Spingou
Byzantine Book Epigrams Floris Bernard and Kristoffel Demoen
Byzantine Verses as Inscriptions: the Interaction of Text, Object, and Beholder Ivan Drpić and Andreas Rhoby
Part 5: Particular Uses of Verse in Byzantium
Teaching with Verse in Byzantium Wolfram Hörandner
Hymn Writing in Byzantium: Forms and Writers Antonia Giannouli
The Past as Poetry: Two Byzantine World Chronicles in Verse Ingela Nilsson
Byzantine Verse Romances Roderick Beaton
General Bibliography General Index
All interested in the poetical production in the Byzantine Empire from the 4th to the 15th centuries, its genres and authors, and its impact for Byzantine society.