A Companion to Byzantine Poetry 


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.

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Biographical Note
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
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Byzantine Poetry: an Introduction
Nikos Zagklas

Part 1: Preliminaries: Contexts, Language, Metrics, and Style

1 Byzantine Poetry: Texts and Contexts
Marc D. Lauxtermann

2 The Language of Byzantine Poetry: New Words, Alternative Forms, and “Mixed Language”
Martin Hinterberger

3 From Hexameters to Fifteen-syllable Verse
Michael Jeffreys

4 Byzantine Poetry and Rhetoric
Elizabeth Jeffreys

Part 2: Periods, Authors, Social and Cultural Milieus

5 Late Antique Poetry and its Reception
Gianfranco Agosti

6 George of Pisidia: the Spring of Byzantine Poetry?
Ioannis Vassis

7 Monasticism and Iconolatry: Theodore Stoudites
Kristoffel Demoen

8 John Geometres: a Poet around the Year 1000
Emilie van Opstall and Maria Tomadaki

9 The 11th Century: Michael Psellos and Contemporaries
Floris Bernard

10 “How Many Verses Shall I Write and Say?” Poetry in the Komnenian Period (1081–1204)
Nikos Zagklas

11 Poetry on Commission in Late Byzantium (13th–15th century)
Andreas Rhoby

Part 3: Poetry in Byzantium and Beyond

12 “Accept a Roman Song with a Kindly Heart!”: Latin Poetry in Byzantium
Kurt Smolak

13 Philippos Monotropos in Byzantium and the Slavonic World
Eirini Afentoulidou and Jürgen Fuchsbauer

14 Byzantine Poetry at the Norman Court of Sicily (1130–c.1200)
Carolina Cupane

Part 4: Transmission and Circulation

15 Byzantine Collections and Anthologies of Poetry
Foteini Spingou

16 Byzantine Book Epigrams
Floris Bernard and Kristoffel Demoen

17 Byzantine Verses as Inscriptions: the Interaction of Text, Object, and Beholder
Ivan Drpić and Andreas Rhoby

Part 5: Particular Uses of Verse in Byzantium

18 Teaching with Verse in Byzantium
Wolfram Hörandner

19 Hymn Writing in Byzantium: Forms and Writers
Antonia Giannouli

20 The Past as Poetry: Two Byzantine World Chronicles in Verse
Ingela Nilsson

21 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.
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