How Does Patriarch Eythymius Revise and Rework Byzantine Lives of Saints? Cover Image
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Как Патриарх Евтимий преосмисля и преработва византийски жития?
How Does Patriarch Eythymius Revise and Rework Byzantine Lives of Saints?

Author(s): Evelina Mineva
Subject(s): History, Language and Literature Studies, Literary Texts, Cultural history, Studies of Literature, Middle Ages, Theology and Religion, Translation Studies
Published by: Институт за литература - BAN
Keywords: Patriarch Euthymios; Philothea of Temnitsa; pious Amun

Summary/Abstract: This publication stems from observations on two texts: the Encomion of St. Philothea of Temnitsa (Polivot), especially its inserted tale about the pious Amun, and the extended version of the Life of St. Paraskeva (Petka) of Tanovo. The author of the article claims that Patriarch Euthimius drew from a great number of Byzantine texts for each of his works, creating complex mosaics of different motifs and themes, never blindly following his sources. These findings make visible both the creative method of the Bulgarian writer and his excellent education, including his familiarity with Greek and Byzantine literature and his skills as a sophisticated reader. They also highlight the way the Patriarch left his personal imprint on his works, for example the hint, in the Life of Paraskeva, that he personally visited the holy spring at the tomb of St. Euthymius in Madytos.

  • Issue Year: 2018
  • Issue No: 57-58
  • Page Range: 194-205
  • Page Count: 12
  • Language: Bulgarian