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Digenis Akritis : The Grottaferrata and Escorial Versions - Professor Elizabeth Jeffreys

Digenis Akritis

The Grottaferrata and Escorial Versions

Hardcover Published: 28th May 1998
ISBN: 9780521394727
Number Of Pages: 464

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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.

"This edition for the first time makes this challenging medieval text fully accessible to medievalists beyond te specialisms of Byzantine or modern Greek studies and will surely remain standard for many years to come." Speculum

Grottaferrata text and translation
Books 1-8
Escorial text and translation
Name index
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780521394727
ISBN-10: 0521394724
Series: Cambridge Medieval Classics
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 464
Published: 28th May 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.97  x 3.02
Weight (kg): 0.74