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The once a year magazine Dumbarton Oaks Papers was once based in 1941 for the book of articles in relation to overdue vintage, early medieval, and Byzantine civilization within the fields of artwork and structure, historical past, archeology, literature, theology, legislation, and the auxiliary disciplines. a variety of maps, tables, illustrations, and colour plates supply supplementary info for lots of of the articles.

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T. Ha¨gg, Photios als Vermittler antiker Literatur: Untersuchungen zur Technik des Referierens und Exzerpierens in der Bibliotheke, Acta Universitatis Upsaliensis, Studia Graeca Upsaliensia 8 (Uppsala, 1975), 131–37, and Treadgold, Nature, 41–48. 4 See, in particular, Treadgold, Nature, 37–51. Cf. also J. Schamp, “Flavius Jose`phe et Photios,” JO (1982): 185–96; his conclusions concerning cod. 238 do not admit of generalization. ¨ GG TOMAS HA 45 of the middle Byzantine period looked at Christian narrative texts of late antiquity and the early Byzantine period.

Even so, hagiography is not among Photius’s most favored theological genres; other categories, such as apologetics, homilies, church history, and dogmatic and exegetical works, occupy a greater number of codices each. Still, some of his hagiographical reports are detailed enough—and seem independent enough—to make it worthwhile to observe Photius as a reader and critic of this kind of literature. My emphasis throughout is on Photius’s own attitude to hagiography proper, as implicit in his choices or explicitly stated in his criticism.

Having thus gently excused his friend’s grief and allowed his mind to linger on his mother’s virtues, the writer reminds him firmly that they (the sympathetic use of the first person plural should be noted here, as so often elsewhere) are not the first to suffer such a loss, since it is of human nature to die. He then directs the attention of the bereaved to his mother’s placid, dignified, and almost happy death, which should be an inspiration to him. ” Thus, in only twentyeight lines, his friend has been brought on a gentle but firm rein from helpless despair, with tears almost openly encouraged, through bitter-sweet memories to a manly resolve that is forged by his mother’s noble end and is perhaps reached also for her sake.

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