Christian Novels from the Menologion of Symeon Metaphrastes Hardback

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Christian Novels from the Menologion of Symeon Metaphrastes

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Created in the tenth century, most likely as an imperial commission, the Menologion is a collection of rewritings of saints lives originally intended to be read at services for Christian feast days. Yet Symeon Metaphrastes s stories also abound in transgression and violence, punishment and redemption, love and miracles. They resemble Greek novels of the first centuries of the Common Era, highlighting intense emotions and focusing on desire, both sacred and profane.

Symeon Metaphrastes was celebrated for rescuing martyrdom accounts and saints biographies that otherwise may have been lost. His Menologion, among the most important Byzantine works, represents the culmination of a well-established tradition of Greek Christian storytelling. A landmark of Byzantine religious and literary culture, the Menologion was revered for centuries copied in hundreds of manuscripts, recited publicly, and adapted into other medieval languages. This edition presents the first English translation of six Christian novels excerpted from Symeon s text, all of them featuring women who defy social expectations.

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Christian Novels from the Menologion of Symeon Metaphrastes by Metaphrastes, Symeon was published by Harvard University Press in June 2017. The ISBN for Christian Novels from the Menologion of Symeon Metaphrastes is 9780674975064.

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Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherHarvard University Press (June 2017)
Weight455g
Number of Pages395
Thickness23 mm
Height20 mm
Width13 mm
ISBN9780674975064
ISBN-100674975065
Product Code4511435
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