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Author Buckley, Penelope, 1942-

Title The Alexiad of Anna Komnene : artistic strategy in the making of a myth / Penelope Buckley
Published Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2014


Description 1 online resource
Contents The prologue -- The Emperor Alexios, my father -- The soldier-emperor -- The second story begins -- West into East -- The second Norman war and the Crusade -- The second Constantine and the last -- Conclusions -- Appendix: The Alexiad as pre-Renaissance text
Summary "This is the first full-scale study of the literary art of Anna Komnene's Alexiad. Her history of her father's reign is well-known and much used by Byzantinists and historians of the First Crusade, but the art with which it shapes its central character has not been fully examined or understood. This book argues that the work is both history and tragedy; the characterization of Alexios I Komnenos is cumulative; it develops; the models for his idealization change; much of the action takes place in his mind and the narrative relays and amplifies his thought while building a dense picture of the world in which he acts. Engaging critically and responsively with other texts, Komnene uses the full range of current literary genres to portray the ideal culture of his rule. She matches her art of literary control to his of government over the adverse forces of his time"-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references
Notes Print version record
Subject Comnena, Anna, 1083- Alexiad -- Criticism, Textual
Comnena, Anna, 1083- -- Writing skill
Alexius I Comnenus, Emperor of the East, 1048-1118 -- In literature
Alexius I Comnenus, Emperor of the East, 1048-1118
Comnena, Anna, 1083-
Anna Comnena 1083-1148 Alexias
SUBJECT Alexiad (Comnena, Anna) fast
Subject Emperors -- Byzantine Empire -- Biography -- History and criticism
HISTORY -- Europe -- General.
Emperors -- Biography
Byzantine Empire -- Biography -- History and criticism
Byzantine Empire
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9781139870931