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Byzantine Poetry in the ‘Long’ Twelfth Century (1081–1204): Texts and Contexts

FWF-Projekt P28959


Funded by: Austrian Science Fund FWF, Project P 28959
Duration: 01. 10. 2016 – 30. 09. 2019
Project leader: Andreas Rhoby
Post-doc researcher: Nikos Zagklas


Job opening:
Postdoctoral full‐time (40h/week)
Deadline of application: 2017-03-31


Byzantine poetry dating up to the year 1081 has been comprehensively studied over the last ten years thanks to the studies “Byzantine poetry from Pisides to Geometres” and “Writing and Reading Byzantine Secular Poetry, 1025–1081” by Marc Lauxtermann and Floris Bernard, respectively. By contrast, the poetry produced in the Komnenian period is deprived of a similar study. The project “Byzantine Poetry in the ‘Long’ Twelfth Century (1081–1204): Texts and Contexts” aims to take the first steps towards filling this gap in the study and appreciation of poetry written during this period.

Court poetry, didactic poetry, satire and schedography in verse, poems concerned with the “rhetoric of poverty” are but some popular twelfth-century genres which stand for the use of verse for heterogeneous purposes and various addressees or commissioners during the twelfth century. Although many of these genres pro-exist, their production during this period is significantly larger in comparison with that of the immediately preceding and succeeding centuries. The main aim of the project is to investigate Komnenian poetry in conjunction with its various contextual areas of production and delivery (court, classroom, theatre, church etc.) and on the basis of heterogeneous discursive forms and genres (e.g., epic, satiric, didactic occasional and epistolary poetry). It will focus on the meticulous examination of various aspects associated with Komnenian poetry (e.g. patronage, authorship, circulation and mobility of texts, education system, and performance) and will describe its prominent place in the literary production and socio-cultural context that spans the entire twelfth-century. It will also take into consideration the poetic production in the periphery of the empire (e.g. Sicily and Athens) and the works of less known or anonymous poets.

Advisory Board and Cooperation Partners

Panagiotis Agapitos (University of Cyprus)
Theodora Antonopoulou (University of Athens)
Floris Bernard (Central European University, Budapest)
Kristoffel Demoen (Ghent University)
Ivan Drpić (University of Washington)
Wolfram Hörandner (Austrian Academy of Sciences)
Elizabeth Jeffreys (Oxford University)
Marc Lauxtermann (Oxford University)
Paul Magdalino (St. Andrews University)
Przemyslaw Marciniak (University of Silesia, Katowice)
Margaret Mullett (Queen’s University Belfast)
Ingela Nilsson (Uppsala University, project’s visiting scholar, February–May 2017)
Juan Signes Codoñer (University of Valladolid)

Selected Bibliography


Panagia of Krina, Chios, 18th c., painted verses of Theodore Prodromos’ ‘On a depiction of Bios’ (© Anneliese Paul)
Panagia of Krina, Chios, 18th c. painted verses of Theodore Prodromos’ ‘On a depiction of Bios’ (© Anneliese Paul)

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