Byzantine poetry of the eleventh century is fascinating, yet underexplored terrain. It presents a lively view on contemporary society, is often permeated with wit and elegance, and is concerned with a wide variety of subjects. Only now are we beginning to perceive the possibilities that this poetry offers for our knowledge of Byzantine culture in general, for the intellectual history of Byzantium, and for the evolution of poetry itself. It is, moreover, sometimes in the most neglected texts that the most fascinating discoveries can be made. This book, the first collaborative book-length study on the topic, takes an important step to fill this gap. It brings together specialists of the period who delve into this poetry with different but complementary objectives in mind, covering the links between art and text, linguistic evolutions, social functionality, contemporary reading attitudes, and the like. The authors aim to give the production of 11th-century verse a place in the Byzantine genre system and in the historic evolution of Byzantine poetry and metrics. As a result, this book will, to use the expression of two important poets of the period, "offer a small taste" of what can be gained from the serious study of this period.
Contents: Part I Introduction: Giving a small taste, Floris Bernard and Kristoffel Demoen; Part II Contexts: Cultural change? The context of Byzantine poetry from Geometres to Prodromos, Paul Magdalino; Gifts of words: the discourse of gift-giving in 11th-century Byzantine poetry, Floris Bernard. Part III Genres: The Byzantine didactic poem - a neglected literary genre? A survey with special reference to the 11th century, Wolfram HA rander; The reader in 11th-century book epigrams, Klaas Bentein and Kristoffel Demoen; Historical figures appearing in epigrams on objects, Anneliese Paul. Part IV Authors: I"I'a1/2 I^2IuI+-II-I%oI1/2 a EI I-I%oI1/2 (K83.2). StratA(c)gies de composition dans les calendriers mA(c)triques de Christophore Mitylenaios, Lia Raffaella Cresci; The accentuation in the Various Verses of Christophoros Mitylenaios, Marc De Groote; On the inscriptional versions of the epigrams of Christophoros Mitylenaios, Andreas Rhoby; A few thoughts on the influence of classical and Byzantine poetry on the profane poems of Ioannes Mauropous, Claudio De Stefani; The Dioptra of Philippos Monotropos: didactic verses or poetry?, Eirini Afentoulidou-Leitgeb. Part V Books: The perils of travel: Mark the Monk and Bodl.E.D. Clarke 15, Marc Lauxtermann; PoA(c)sies A la marge, rA(c)flexions personnelles? Quelques observations sur les poA(c)sies du Parisinus graecus 1711, Paolo Odorico; Bibliography; Indexes.