Satire in the Middle Byzantine Period

The Golden Age of Laughter?


This volume places the satirical works of the Middle Byzantine period in a wider political and socio-cultural context, exploring not only their various forms but also their functions and meanings. The volume is divided into four parts. The first part provides the backgrounds of the authors and texts discussed in the volume. The second concerns the manifold functions and appearances of Byzantine satirical texts. Part three offers detailed analyses of three largely unexplored texts (the Charidemos, the Philopatris, and the Anacharsis). The last section moves from the individual texts to the larger picture of satirical modes in Middle Byzantium.

Contributors are Baukje van den Berg, Floris Bernard, Stavroula Constantinou, Eric Cullhed, Janek Kucharski, Markéta Kulhánková, Paul Magdalino, Henry Maguire, Przemysław Marciniak, Charis Messis, Ingela Nilsson, Emilie van Opstall, Panagiotis Roilos, and Nikos Zagklas.

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Przemysław Marciniak, Ph.D. (2003, University of Silesia) is Professor of Byzantine Literature at that university. He has published on performance, satire and the reception of Byzantium including the co-edited volume The Reception of Byzantium in European Culture since 1500 (2016).
Ingela Nilsson, Ph.D. (2001, University of Gothenburg ) is Professor of Greek and Byzantine Studies at Uppsala University and Director of The Swedish Research Institute in Istanbul (2019-21). Her research interests concern all forms of narration and literary adaptation, and the tension that such procedures create between tradition and innovation. Such perspectives are at the center of the monograph Raconter Byzance: la littérature au 12e siècle (2014).
All interested in Byzantine literature and culture, and scholars interested in satirical and humorous writings.
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