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Byzantinische Betteldichtung. Verbindung des Klassischen mit dem Volkstümlichen

Title in English Byzantine Begging Poetry. The Combination of the Classical and the Popular


Year of publication 2010
Type Article in Proceedings
Conference Imitatio - aemulatio - variatio. Akten des internationalen wissenschaftlichen Symposions zur byzantinischen Sprache und Literatur
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field Mass media, audiovision
Keywords byzantine literature begging poetry 12th century classical tradition popular tradition
Description The paper analyzes popular inspiration in the Byzantine begging poetry from the 12th century. Inspiration by popular culture can be understood as a characteristic feature of this genre. This is presented on three examples: 1. the integration of the folk proverbs into the poem from prison by Michael Glykas; 2. the use of figures typical of the folk songs (double and triple parallelism) in the begging poems composed in the fifteen-syllable iambic verse (examples: Glykas, Manganeios Prodromos); 3. parallels in motives (Glykas, Ptochoprodromos III, Theodoros Prodromos XXXVIII) that may indicate a common source handed down orally.
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