NEUERSCHEINUNG: Middle and Late Byzantine Poetry: Texts and Contexts


Andreas Rhoby - Nikos Zagklas (eds.)

Byzantioς. Studies in Byzantine History and Civilization (SBHC 14)
Verlag: Brepols Publishers
Sprache: Englisch, VII+413 p., 1 b/w ill., 2018
ISBN: 978-3-525-57068-5

Inhalt: This book aims at a better understanding of middle and late Byzantine poetry by offering both studies on specific authors and their texts and editions of so far unknown texts.It is only in recent years that Byzantine poetry – a long-neglected aspect of Byzantine literature – has attracted the attention of philologists, literary and cultural historians. This holds true especially for the poetry written in middle and late Byzantium.Though many collections of poems are available in modern critical editions, a considerable amount of texts still remains completely unedited or accessible only in outdated and unreliable editions. Moreover, many works of this period have never been studied thoroughly with regard to their cultural impact on society. Issues of authorship and patronage, function, literary motives, generic qualities, and manuscripts still await further study.

Andreas Rhoby is deputy head of the Division of Byzantine Research at the Austrian Academy of Sciences and Privatdozent at the University of Vienna. He focuses on the study of Byzantine poetry, inscriptions and cultural history.

Nikos Zagklas is Assistant Professor of Byzantine Literature at the Department of Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies of the University of Vienna. His research interests are concerned with Byzantine literary culture, with a particular interest for poetry, didactic works, and the relationship between prose and verse.