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BYzLitFinal - 4 Describe the structure of the Acathist Hymn...

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Byzantine Literature Final Test Section 1: Answer briefly (up to 7 lines) FIVE of the following questions 1. Explain the reasons why the Chronicle proved to be a very successful literary genre in Byzantium. 2. Comment briefly on the following passage from the Chronicle of John Malalas He defeated Dareius, the king of the Persians, the son of Assalamus, and captured him and all his kingdom, including all the lands of the Assyrians, Medes, Parthians, Babylonians and Persians, and all the empires of the world, as the most learned Bottius has written. He freed the cities and countries and all the lands of the Romans, Greeks and Egyptians from the subjection and slavery which they had suffered under the Assyrians, Persians, Parthians and Medes, and he restored to the Romans everything which they had lost. 3. Discuss briefly the most significant differences between the life of St. Mary/Marinos and the life of St. Matrona of Perge.
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Unformatted text preview: 4. Describe the structure of the Acathist Hymn, explaining in particular how it is a typical canticle ( kontakion ), and how it is unusual. 5. Comment briefly on this extract from the Canon of Easter Sunday of John Damascene ’Tis the Day of Resurrection: Earth! tell it out abroad! The Passover of gladness! The Passover of GOD! From Death to Life Eternal,— From this world: From earth unto to the sky, Our CHRIST hath brought us over, With hymns of victory. 6. Discuss briefly with specific examples the characteristics of the poetry of Kosmas the Melodist. Section 2: Write an essay on the following topic (1 page): Provide a personal overview of Byzantine Literature, discussing with specific examples what, in your opinion, were its strengths and weaknesses, and providing an overall estimate of its appeal for a modern readership....
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