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Ioannis Canani de Constantinopolitana obsidione relatio

A Critical Edition, with English Translation, Introduction, and Notes of John Kananos' Account of the Siege of Constantinople in 1422

Ed. by Cuomo, Andrea Massimo

Series:Byzantinisches Archiv 30

    79,95 € / $112.00 / £72.50*

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    May 2016
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    Aims and Scope

    This volume fills the need for a new critical edition and linguistic study of John Kananos' account of the siege of Constantinople in 1422. New research on the manuscripts has produced a new stemma codicum and shown that the oldest witness of this narrative, Vat. gr. 579 (ff. 355r - 364v), was written in Constantinople and belonged to the prolific scribe Phlamules Kontostephanos, who also provided the copy with a title in which the name of John Kananos is mentioned for the first time. The philological approach adopted here explains contradictions among the manuscripts and Kananos' peculiar vernacularisms and reveals a surprisingly realistic and elaborate Greek. The accompanying English translation, a chapter on the language of Kananos, and a complete thesaurus make this volume a valuable contribution to the study of late Byzantine literature.


    24.0 x 17.0 cm
    lxxiv, 108 pages
    including 6 plates 3 Fig.
    English, Ancient Greek
    Type of Publication:
    Source Edition
    Medieval Greek; John Kananos; Byzantine and Ottoman History; Warfare

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    Andrea Massimo Cuomo, Austrian Academy of Sciences, Institute for Medieval Studies, Vienna, Austria.

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