By Elizabeth Jeffreys
"Digenis Akritis" is Byzantium's simply epic poem, telling of the exploits of a heroic warrior of "double descent" at the frontiers among Byzantine and Arab territory in Asia Minor within the 9th and 10th centuries. It survives partly in six models, of which the 2 oldest are edited right here. This variation and translation goals to spotlight the character of the misplaced poem, and to supply a advisor in the course of the maze of contemporary discussions in regards to the epic and its background.
found this experiment on-line, wiped clean it up somewhat: separated pages, a bit of straightened a few pages (tried more durable at the Greek pages), additional Greek and English OCR, which appears lovely good--not excellent, obviously.
“Επαινοι και τρόπαια κατορθωμάτων
τοΰ τρισμάκαροξ Ά κριτου Βασιλείου,
τοΟ άνδρειοτάτου τε yεvvαιoτάτou,
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και κατατρόπωσαVTOS πάσαν Συρίαν,
την Βαβυλώνα, Χαρζιανήν τε δλην,
Αρμενίαν τε και την Καππαδοκίαν,
τό “Αμόριν τε και τό Ίκόνιν άμα,
τό περίφημον καί μέyα κάστρον ετι,
τό δυνατόν τε καί κατωχυρωμένον,
την “AyKupav λέyω τε καί πάσαν Σμύρνην,
καί τα παρά θάλασσαν καθυποτάξα$.
Praises and trophies for the achievement
of the thrice-blessed Basil the Frontiersman
the bravest and so much noble,
who possessed his power from God as a gift
and has triumph over all Syria,
Babylon, and the full of Charziane,
Armenia and Cappadocia,
and Amorion and Ikonion as well,
and that famed and nonetheless nice fortress,
powerful and well-fortified,
Ankyra I suggest, and all Smyrna,
and he subjugated the land by way of the sea.
from amazon reviewer Carlos:
Elizabeth Jeffreys' version of Digenis Akritas is a smart learn! She incorporates a clean translation of the 2 earliest manuscripts and gives valuable footnotes for a reader surprising with the Byzantine history of the poem. The epic used to be first written down within the 12th century, yet its tale occurs throughout the interval among the 8th and 10th centuries. i'd certainly suggest a person drawn to medieval literature to envision it out.
Basil Digenis Akritas (Basil the Half-Blood Border safeguard) is the most personality in Byzantium's maximum epic. Basil is an Akritai (border safeguard) at the frontiers of Cappadocia throughout the Arab-Byzantine Wars. His noble delivery by way of the daughter of a Strategos (Byzantine basic) and an Arab Emir can merely rivaled by way of his ridiculous exploits. He slays lions together with his naked palms, hews horses in part with the stroke of a sword, and fights forces ten occasions his quantity with just a stick (Yep). Basil is rewarded with an imperial edict granting him sovereignty over new lands reconquered alongside the Euphrates. after all our hero isn't excellent, Basil regardless of being married to a gorgeous (and noble) lady, falls into adultery two times. There are tricks of Classical Greece within the task of Eros within the narrative, a serpent that resembles a Hydra, and Basil's exploits are in comparison to Bellerophon and Hercules. yet in fact our epic is Byzantine, so there are demonic forces, angelic guardians, supplications to the mum of God, recitations of the nicene creed, and a hymn to the consubstantiality of the Holy Trinity. should you loved Beowulf, this can placed a grin in your face. Cheers!