Greek Literature in the Byzantine Period by Gregory Nagy download in pdf, ePub, iPad
For historians such poetical wails of distress as Prodromus addressed to the emperor are of value because they give interesting pictures of street and business life in the capital. Ardent patriotism and personal convictions are rarely evident. Michael, like his brother, remained a fanatical opponent of the Latins.
His letters, especially, promise a rich harvest. This practice was perpetuated by a long-established system of Greek education where rhetoric was a leading subject. Adamantios Korais and Rigas Feraios are two prominent figures of this movement.
The Gospels and the Epistles of Saint Paul were written in this time period as well. Unconnected with persons of distinction and out of touch with the great world, it follows models bound within its own narrow sphere.
See also An Entertaining Tale of Quadrupeds Here belong also the parodies in the form of church poems, and in which the clergy themselves took part, e. Their works are thoroughly concrete and objective in character, without passion, and even without enthusiasm. His best works depict historical events and situations he himself experienced, and reflect his own spiritual moods Krumbacher.
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