Writing and Reading Byzantine Secular Poetry, 1025-1081 (Oxford Studies in Byzantium)

Writing and Reading Byzantine Secular Poetry, 1025-1081 (Oxford Studies in Byzantium)

Floris Bernard


within the mid-eleventh century, secular Byzantine poetry attained a hitherto unseen measure of wit, vividness, and private involvement, mainly exemplified within the poetry of Christophoros Mitylenaios, Ioannes Mauropous, and Michael Psellos. this is often the 1st quantity to think about this poetic task as a complete, seriously reconsidering smooth assumptions approximately Byzantine poetry, and targeting Byzantine conceptions of the function of poetry in society.

By offering an in depth account of a number of the media in which poetry used to be provided to its readers, and by means of tracing the preliminary move of poems, this quantity takes an curiosity within the Byzantine reader and his/her examining conduct and methods, permitting features of functionality and visible illustration, infrequently addressed, to return to the fore. It additionally examines the social pursuits that prompted the composition of poetry, setting up a reference to the extreme social mobility of the time. Self-representative recommendations are analyzed opposed to the heritage of an risky elite suffering to discover ethical justification, which permits the learn to elevate the query of patronage, study the discourse utilized by poets to safe fabric rewards, and clarify the social dynamics of dedicatory epigrams. ultimately, present trade is explored as a medium that underlines the price of poetry and confirms the specific nature of highbrow friendship.

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