Digenis Akritis: The Grottaferrata and Escorial Versions

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Elizabeth Jeffreys
Cambridge University Press, May 7, 1998 - Literary Criticism - 398 pages
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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.
  

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Contents

Acknowledgements page
ix
Introduction
xiii
Sigla
lxi
Grottaferrata text and translation
1
Book 1
3
Escorial text and translation
239
Bibliography
376
Name index
387
Copyright

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