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By Marc D. Lauxtermann

This can be an anthology of Byzantine poetry (minus hymns), going "genre via genre."
This booklet comprises elements 1 and a couple of of a 3 half paintings. The 3rd half is released in a separate quantity. This quantity includes "Texts and Contexts"--a very thorough introduction--and the part on epigrams.

All Greek is translated, so this publication will nonetheless be of significantly use to these with out the Greek language. The notes at the Greek are provided in the sort of method that the non-specialist will nonetheless locate them attention-grabbing and readable. they appear to be really common notes, and even supposing may possibly indicate "interesting", universal, or unusual bits of phrases or bits of grammar, they're sincerely geared toward a layman audience.

Anyone with the second one quantity (third part), be at liberty to proportion!

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In a letter to Naukratios, Theodore of Stoudios complains that his friend had not told him whether he thought that writing iambs against the iconoclasts is a good idea; and in another letter, to his brother Joseph, Theodore writes that he much regrets that Joseph’s iambic pamphlet against the iconoclast heresy got lost in the mail63. In the Refutation of the Sacrilegious Poems, Theodore inveighs against the iconoclastic iambs on the Chalke and proves that they are totally inappropriate64. In poem no.

Words like d0ron or c1riß can be found in many Byzantine poems. The poet presents his poem as a gift to his patron, whom he asks to kindly accept his offer (d6coy or the like: see, for instance, Pisides’ words quoted above: d6coy t2 mikr1). There can be but little doubt that poets desire something in return for their generous gifts and that these requests to accept a gift involve more than simply showing gratitude for services rendered. In the prologue to the Ekphrasis, Constantine the Rhodian ends by saying that Constantine VII “is an emperor completely sympathetic to, and stepping into the breach for, those who labour hard”.

As Geometres owned a luxurious mansion in the centre of the city and never refers to any financial problems (in his poems he complains about almost everything, but not about poverty), he must have been rather well-off. He may have inherited some of his possessions from his father, a “loyal servant of the emperor”, but the rest of his opulence will have accrued throughout his years of active service in the military48. Thus I would suggest that Geometres did not directly depend upon financial gifts from the emperor, but that he was remunerated for his priceless literary services with a comfortable position in the Byzantine army.

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