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Die Welt des Digenes Akrites : Zu den Eigennamen in der Grottaferrata-Version unter Berücksichtigung historischer Schichten und literarischer Assoziationsmöglichkeiten

Title in English The world of Digenes Akrites : Towards proper names in the Grottaferrata version considering the historical layers and the possibilities of literary associations


Year of publication 2020
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Byzantinoslavica : sborník pro studium byzantsko-slovanských vztahů
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Faculty of Arts

Keywords Byzantine epics; proper nouns; historicity; fictionality; text coherence
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Description This paper summarizes and complements the research on the proper nouns used in the poem, with a special focus on the G manuscript. Starting with an account of the historical and literary layers of the epos, it continues with an exploration of personal names. Most of them can be sorted into either the Paulician or the Kommagenian layer, while contamination of the two layers and doubling of the names is frequent. Further, geographical names and demonyms are examined. The main aim of the article is to highlight the importance of speaking names, intertextual connections, and literary associations, which often must have been of much greater importance for the medieval recipient. Especially in the G version, the intentional and creative use of names helps to emphasize the main themes and so to preserve the coherence and the unity of the episodic poem.
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