High Quality Content by WIKIPEDIA articles The Song of Armouris or
Armoures (Greek: ) is a heroic Byzantine ballad, and probably one
of the oldest surviving acritic songs, dating from the 11th
century. Its plot is based on the Byzantine-Arab conflict (7th-12th
centuries) and describes in political verse the efforts of a young
Byzantine warrior to rescue his father from captivity. The Song of
Armouris is written in unrhymed fifteen-syllable political verse,
and consists of 197 lines. There are two surviving manuscripts of
the ballad, one in St. Petersburg dating to the 15th or 16th
century, and one in the Topkapi Palace collection in Istanbul dated
1461. Thus far, only the St. Petersburg text has been published in
full. The texts of the two manuscripts are remarkably similar to
each other, ruling out a provenance from a contemporary oral
tradition, but it is clear that the text derives from earlier oral
sources. From to its linguistic features and content the poem
probably dates from the 11th century, making it one of the oldest
surviving Byzantine heroic poems and one of the earliest evidences
for the modern Greek vernacular.
|Country of origin:
Lambert M. Surhone
• Mariam T. Tennoe
• Susan F. Henssonow
||152 x 229 x 8mm (L x W x T)
||Paperback - Trade
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