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Особености на средновековните гръцки надписи в стихове от България
Characteristics of medieval Greek verse inscriptions from Bulgaria

Author(s): Nicolay Sharankov
Subject(s): History, Language and Literature Studies
Published by: Фондация "Българско историческо наследство"
Keywords: Byzantium; First Bulgarian Empire; verse inscriptions; medieval poetry

Summary/Abstract: The article examines the characteristics of medieval Greek verse inscriptions found on the territory of present Bulgaria. They are dated from 9th to 14th century and belong to various types – building inscriptions, epitaphs, invocations, inscriptions on objects, etc. However, many of them have not been recognised as written in verse, and even the recently published corpus of Byzantine epigrams includes only part of the inscriptions from Bulgaria. This has hampered the study and evaluation of these texts and has lead to misunderstandings and wrong interpretations. The article analyses ten selected texts of different types and shows that verse inscriptions are easily identifiable by their common characteristics, which – besides their having been composed in Byzantine twelve-syllable verse – include presence of rare/poetical words, peculiar word order, use of interpunction to emphasise the verse division, etc.

  • Issue Year: 7/2016
  • Issue No: 1
  • Page Range: 41-61
  • Page Count: 21
  • Language: Bulgarian