Theodoros Prodromos’ Historical Poems: A Hymnic Celebration of John II Komnenos

TitleTheodoros Prodromos’ Historical Poems: A Hymnic Celebration of John II Komnenos
Publication TypeBook Chapter
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsFaulkner, A
EditorVergados, A, Schwab, A, Faulkner, A
Ancient AuthorsCallimachus Philol. (TLG 0533), Sappho Lyr. (TLG 0009), Gregorius Nazianzenus Theol. (TLG 2022), Hymni Homerici Hymn. (TLG 0013), Theodorus Prodromus Poeta, P (TLG2721)
Book TitleThe Reception of the Homeric Hymns
PublisherOxford University Press
CityOxford
ISBN9780198728788 (print)
Abstract

This chapter explores Theodoros Prodromos’ praise of the emperor John II Komnenos in his historical poems. It is argued that Prodromos knew and consciously interacted with the ancient tradition of hexameter hymns and was on some level familiar with the Homeric Hymns. A potential echo of the Homeric Hymn to Aphrodite in Prodromos’ Carm. Hist. 6, a poem in hexameter verse describing the triumphal return of John II to Constantinople in 1133, is considered in detail. Constantinople, depicted as a bride awaiting the arrival of her bridegroom, is said to shine in her finery in a manner reminiscent of Aphrodite’s marvellous appearance before Anchises. The chapter further considers hymnic elements in the remaining corpus of the historical poems. [http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/view/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728788.001.0001/acprof-9780198728788-chapter-14]

DOI10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728788.003.0014

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