From Homer to Digenis Akritis: Epics on the Byzantine Frontier
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About the Event
(is talk is co-sponsored with the PAIXUE project)
That important manuscripts of classical Greek were copied in the monasteries of South Italy is well known; much less appreciated by Byzantinists (and classicists?) is that text in vernacular Greek were also known in this environment. Digenis Akritis, Byzantium's only epic, has a complex transmission history with a key version, now housed in the Grottaferrata monastery, produced in South Italy c. 1300: this paper will explore what the implications might be.
Prof. Eilzabeth Jeffreys is Bywater and Sotheby Professor of Byzantine and Modern Greek Language and Literature (Emerita) at the University of Oxford.
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Fig. Male figure holding a sword, a shield and a bird. Glazed ceramic bowl from ?Cyprus, 14th c. © BXM 001250