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Digenes Akrites (Oxford University Press Academic Monograph Reprints) (Greek Edition)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  14 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
Hardcover, 358 pages
Published 1999 by Oxford University Press (first published 1150)
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Bryn Hammond
Jan 21, 2013 Bryn Hammond rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: very few
Shelves: epic-and-romance
11th century Byzantine epic or romance, set on the eastern frontiers. Arabs aren't the enemy so much as ex-enemy; indeed the introduction claims the romance is a peace statement. There's a lull, where he slots in the poem: the Arabian Wars at an end, the Seljuk Turks unbeknownst on the horizon. Our hero has an Emir for a father, who fell in love with his captive Byzantine girl and converted. In spite of conversion, the introduction presents the epic as free from 'fanaticism or political urgency' ...more
Warren Perry
Feb 05, 2013 Warren Perry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Elizabeth Jeffreys provides a wealth of scholarship plus parallel Greek text for both Grottaferrata and Escorial. The older Hull translation was a nice reference until this one showed up; however, this one is the definitive work of both the larger surviving manuscripts. After a decade of using this, I am still in awe of the scholarship it took to assemble this text.
Christopher Stevenson
Five stars, because: 1. It's not a bad story, 2. it serves as a marker for the turning the clock back on women to Ancient Greece in the Byzantine Empire after the 12th Century, and the Jeffreys translation is better than the Hull translation. I know many people don't consider this cycle "literature," but they also hate puppies.
globulon
May 20, 2009 globulon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own, poetry
This compares unfavorably with Gilgamesh. The cultures that produced them were very different of course but Digenis Akritis just doesn't attain the same kind of universality as the other epic. The story is also more episodic. The subtitle to my edition is awesome though "The Two Blood Border Lord".
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