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Writing and Reading Byzantine Secular Poetry, 1025–1081

Floris Bernard


In the mid eleventh century, secular poetry attained a hitherto unseen degree of wit, vividness, and personal involvement, chiefly exemplified in the poetry of Christophoros Mitylenaios, Ioannes Mauropous, and Michael Psellos. This book examines the various social occasions, opportunities, and constraints that motivated and influenced the reading and writing of poetic texts. It critically reconsiders modern assumptions about poetry, focusing instead on Byzantine conceptions of the role of poetry in society. By providing a detailed account of the various media through which poetry was presented ... More

Keywords: Byzantine poetry, eleventh century, reading culture, literary sociology, education, didactic poetry, competition, collection, patronage, gift, self-representation, Christophoros Mitylenaios, Ioannes Mauropous, Michael Psellos

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198703747
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198703747.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Floris Bernard, author
Post-doctoral researcher, Ghent University