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"Oi eikones sta ktiria kai oi mnimes stis kardies" : treis opseis tis eikonomachikis epochis sti neoelliniki afigimatiki logotechnia

Title in English "Images in buildings and memories in hearts" : three methods for depicting Byzantine iconoclasm in Modern Greek narrative fiction


Year of publication 2019
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Neograeca Bohemica
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Web Digitální knihovna FF MU
Keywords Byzantium; cult of icons; literary reception; historical fiction; Modern Greek literature
Description This paper explores how Byzantine iconoclasm is depicted in the Modern Greek fiction of the past 150 years. It focuses mainly on the novels Pope Joan by E. Roidis and Sergios and Bakchos by M. Karagatsis and a crime fiction series by P. Agapitos, but it also takes into account short stories (A. Papadopoulou, Z. Papantoniou). It argues that the authors chose three types of approaches respectively: a romantic one, a satiric one, and one which combines historical fidelity with contemporary characters.
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