Observations on the "Metaphraseis" of the Byzantine hagiographic texts

SYMEON A. PASCHALIDIS

Abstract


 

This article examines the literary and especially the theological para­me­ters which caused the necessity for the metaphrasis of early byzantine hagio­gra­phic texts. We first examine what was the meaning of the term “metaphrasis” to the Byzantine reader and secondly we focus our research on a specific mean­ing of this term as a theological catharsis of hagiographic texts, a parameter that remains alive even in the hagiogra­phic work of writers of the post-byzantine period, such as the Synaxaristes of saint Nicodemus Hagi­oreites.


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