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Title: Labeling Poetry in the Middle and Late Byzantine Period
Author(s): RHOBY, Andreas
Journal: Byzantion
Volume: 85    Date: 2015   
Pages: 259-283
DOI: 10.2143/BYZ.85.0.3117804

Abstract :
This article deals with the terms that are applied to poetry in the middle and late Byzantine period. Titles of poems refer to the meter used (e.g. ἴαμβοι, στίχοι, ἡρωικοί) and (more often) to the content of the verses that follow. Many labels are composed according to the terms known from the progymnasmata tradition (cf. ἐγκώμιον, ἔκφρασις, ἠθοποϊία etc.), which clearly demonstrates that it was more important to highlight the content of a poem in the title than its outer form. Further evidence of the study of poem titles will need a careful analysis of the manuscript tradition. Furthermore, it is highly recommended that editors of poetry document the manifold manuscript tradition of the titles in detail in the apparatus.

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