To amyalo jiras sti vyzantini kai proimi neoelliniki logotechnia

Title in English The Folly of Old Age in Byzantine and Early Modern Greek literature


Year of publication 2014
Type Article in Periodical
Magazine / Source Neograeca Bohemica
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Field Mass media, audiovision
Keywords old age satire; early Modern Greek Literature; Byzantine literature
Description This paper focuses on the folly of old age as a literary motif. It aims to demonstrate that the first appearance of the motif in Greek literature is not in the early 16th century vernacular poem Peri gerondos na mi pari koritsi, as is generally believed. To the contrary, the motif of foolish old people, often treated satirically, emerges in Byzantine literature from the twelfth century onwards. The paper places its initial focus on the theme of unequal marriage and then presents other ways of mocking older people in poetry and in satire. It also discusses the use of the same motif in Byzantine historiography. The overall conclusion is that the emergence of this motif, typical for European literature of the Renaissance and afterwards, does not constitute a rare exception, but plays a major part in the innovative tendencies of the Komnenian period.
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