Byzantine Narrative: The Form of Storytelling in Byzantium

Emmanuel C. Bourbouhakis, Ingela Nilsson

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19 Scopus citations
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationA Companion to Byzantium
Number of pages12
ISBN (Print)9781405126540
StatePublished - Aug 3 2010
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Arts and Humanities


  • "the novelization" of twelfth-century Byzantine literature
  • Byzantine authors and audiences - unprecedented delight in narrative experimentation and effects
  • Byzantine narrative - form of storytelling in Byzantium
  • Early hagiographic texts, The Life of St Antony or The Life of St Symeon the Stylite
  • Historiography, inviting point of departure for survey of narrative style and structure
  • Length of narrative discourse devoted to "stories" - shorter periods of historical time
  • Michael Psellos's Chronographia - events prompting changes in character and conduct of young emperor Basil II
  • Scholars and students of Byzantine literature - narrative form to meaning or effect of stories


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