Symeon Metaphrastes: Rewriting and Canonization
The first monograph on the most important Byzantine redactor of saints' lives this book offers a detailed study of the life and working methods of Symeon Metaphrastes, who was active towards the end of the tenth century. The importance of the Metaphrastic redaction has often been measured by the amount of damage it did to the late-antique hagiographical texts, but in the present study it is seen as the culmination of long-term developments within this field. The Metaphrastic collection is studied in the context of its predecessors and in the gradual changes that occurred in the production of hagiography, especially as to the social background of authors, commissioners, and even saints. Emphasis is laid on the gradual redistribution, centralisation and upgrading of hagiographical texts that took place in the Greek world. And in this process rewriting is seen as a vehicle for a canonisation which, even if never instituted in Byzantium, was the intention and, to some degree, the outcome of the Metaphrastic redaction. Christian Høgel, PhD, is research fellow at the Institute for Greek and Latin, University of Copenhagen. He has formerly published a.o. Digterjeg'et i hellenistisk og augustisk poesi (The Poetic I in Hellenistic and Augustan poetry, MTF 1992).
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Greek Hagiography and Hagiographical Redactions before
Life and Works
The Composition of the Metaphrastic Menologion
The Publication of the Metaphrastic Menologion 727
The Metaphrastic Texts Style and Authority
Readers and Reworkers of the Metaphrastic Menologion 750
List of Metaphrastic Texts 772
AASS Albert Ehrhard AnBoll asekretis audience Basil Basil II blank dates Bruxelles Byzan Byzantium century compositions Constantine VII Constantinople Constantinopolitan Darrouzes Delehaye discussion EARLIER LIVES Anonymus EDITION AASS EDITION PG 116 Ehrhard emperor enkomia enkomion Eprem evidence feasts FISCHER Flusin genre Greek hagiography hagio hagiographical collections hagiographical texts Halkin high-style imperial included inserted John John Tzimiskes Kazhdan Kekelidze KURTZ-DREXL Kyrillos Lackner late antique Leipzig letters liturgical collections LIVES Anonymus BHG logothetes tou dromou Markos martyria martyrion martyrs Metaphrastic manuscripts Metaphrastic menologion Metaphrastic texts Michael Psellos middle Byzantine nepi Nicholas Mystikos Nikephoros Nikephoros Ouranos Niketas old menologia old texts oral rephrasings original panegyrikon Paris patriarch phrastes phrastic Poems probably prologues Psellos redaction redactors rhetorical Romanos II saints SECONDARY SOURCES Sept Sevcenko simple style Stylites Subsidia Hagiographica Symeon Logothete Symeon Meta Symeon Metaphrastes synaxarion Theodoretos Theoktiste tion Zilliacus