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Title: Der hagiographische Topos: Griechische Heiligenviten in mittelbyzantinischer Zeit
Author: Pratsch, Thomas
Publisher: De Gruyter; Publication Date: 2005
Hardcover; ISBN: 9783110184396
Volumes: 1; Pages: xvi, 475
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This is the first systematic study of literary formulae (topoi) in Greek medieval lives of the saints. Pratsch compiles a comprehensive collection of material, including a systematic catalogue of the topoi. In his evaluation of them he provides new insights into the genesis, transmission and historical development of the genre of Greek saints' vitae. He traces the gradual development of the vitae from various other literary forms and, working from a new perspective, lends support to the thesis that a canon of Greek lives of the saints became established from the end of the 10th century and into the 11th century. This study is a valuable reference work on Byzantine hagiographic literature.