Skip to content
Register Sign in Wishlist
Digenis Akritis

Digenis Akritis
The Grottaferrata and Escorial Versions


Part of Cambridge Medieval Classics

  • Date Published: May 1998
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521394727

£ 93.00

Add to cart Add to wishlist

Other available formats:

Looking for an inspection copy?

This title is not currently available on inspection

Product filter button
About the Authors
  • Digenis Akritis is Byzantium's only epic poem, telling of the exploits of a heroic warrior of 'double descent' on the frontiers between Byzantine and Arab territory in Asia Minor in the ninth and tenth centuries. It survives in six versions, of which the two oldest, dating from the thirteenth and fifteenth centuries, are presented here in an edited version. The manuscripts are preserved in the Grottaferrata monastery near Rome and the Escorial Library in Spain. Behind these two versions lies a twelfth-century poem that can now be glimpsed at but not reconstructed. This edition and translation aims at highlighting the nature of the lost poem, and at providing a guide through the maze of recent discussions about the epic and its background.

    • Presents the two primary versions of the epic in the one edition and in readable translations
    • Introduction provides a general survey of the historical and literary background
    • Provides collations of the manuscript
    Read more

    Customer reviews

    Not yet reviewed

    Be the first to review

    Review was not posted due to profanity


    , create a review

    (If you're not , sign out)

    Please enter the right captcha value
    Please enter a star rating.
    Your review must be a minimum of 12 words.

    How do you rate this item?


    Product details

    • Date Published: May 1998
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521394727
    • length: 464 pages
    • dimensions: 224 x 145 x 34 mm
    • weight: 0.72kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Grottaferrata text and translation
    Books 1–8
    Escorial text and translation
    Name index.

  • Editor

    Elizabeth Jeffreys, University of Oxford

Sign In

Please sign in to access your account


Not already registered? Create an account now. ×

Sorry, this resource is locked

Please register or sign in to request access. If you are having problems accessing these resources please email

Register Sign in
Please note that this file is password protected. You will be asked to input your password on the next screen.

» Proceed

You are now leaving the Cambridge University Press website. Your eBook purchase and download will be completed by our partner Please see the permission section of the catalogue page for details of the print & copy limits on our eBooks.

Continue ×

Continue ×

Continue ×

Find content that relates to you

Join us online

This site uses cookies to improve your experience. Read more Close

Are you sure you want to delete your account?

This cannot be undone.


Thank you for your feedback which will help us improve our service.

If you requested a response, we will make sure to get back to you shortly.

Please fill in the required fields in your feedback submission.