Voice, Signature, Mask: The Byzantine Author a VIDEO lecture by Stratis Papaioannou
A very interesting lecture by Stratis Papaioannou (Brown) at the American School of Classical Studies, Athens (October 2014).
Byzantine literature remains relatively exotic for modern readers, unlike its predecessor, Classical literature, or commensurate aspects of Byzantine culture, such as visual art.This lecture ventures a comprehensive view of Byzantine literature by examining notions and practices of authorship. Though neither classical nor medieval Greek have a single word that corresponds exactly to our “authorship,” Byzantine rhetoric and manuscript book culture reveal an intricate web of meanings for what an author is. Vacillating between authenticity and creative impersonation, Byzantine authors signal modernity.You can watch the lecture here.