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Digenis Akritis

Digenis Akritis
The Grottaferrata and Escorial Versions

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

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  • 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
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    • 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

    Acknowledgements
    Introduction
    Sigla
    Grottaferrata text and translation
    Books 1–8
    Escorial text and translation
    Bibliography
    Name index.

  • Editor

    Elizabeth Jeffreys, University of Oxford

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