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“Hermippos,” “Hermodotos,” and “Musokles”: A Study of the Three Byzantine Dialogues

Przemyslaw Marciniak, University of Silesia, Summer Fellow 2015–2016

My original plan was to spend the summer with three dialogues—Hermippos, Hermodotos, and Musokles—which were once ascribed to John Katrares and, therefore, dated to the Palaiologean period. Neither the dating nor the authorship of these dialogues could be conclusively ascertained, however. But I did succeed in reading the texts and preparing a working Polish translation of Hermodotos. And, as always happens, the wonderful library tempted me, and I (un)fortunately succumbed to this temptation, thus finishing other projects. I wrote first drafts of two chapters of my book on Byzantine satire, “Byzantine Satirical Katabaseis” and “What is Byzantine Satire,” focusing mostly on twelfth-century literature but occasionally referring to the later texts, such as fifteenth-century Mazaris’ Journey to Hades. I also reworked and submitted for review an article on Against an Old Man with a Long Beard, a satire by Theodore Prodromos; this paper was recently accepted for publication by Byzantine and Modern Greek Studies.