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L’assassinio di Niceforo Foca attraverso la lente di due citazioni omeriche

Lia Raffaella Cresci

Abstract


A couple of Homeric verbatim quotations in two texts of the 10th century shed light on the authors’ views about the emperor Nicephorus Phokas’ murder. Leo the Deacon, a historian, and John Geometres, a poet, point out the analogies between some epic characters and the murderers of the emperor: far from being a mere stylistic embellishment, Homeric mimesis takes on the importance of a precise judgement.


Keywords


citazioni omeriche; Giovanni Geometra; Leone Diacono; letteratura bizantina; uccisione di Niceforo Foca; Byzantine literature; Homeric quotations; John Geometres; Leo the Deacon; Nicephorus Phokas’s murder.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7358/erga-2020-001-cres

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