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Theodore Prodromus' prose writings

In volume 81 of the Series Graeca of the Corpus Christianorum, long delayed because of the illness and untimely death of the editor, Michiel Op de Coul, byzantinists can finally get a detailed look at Theodore Prodromus' prose writings. The edition offers an invaluable contribution to our knowledge of this twelfth century writer.

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This work aims at a better understanding of the prose writer Theodore Prodromos (12th cent.), whose correspondence has never been published in its entirety

The present work comprises nearly all of the historical-biographical prose of the Byzantine polygraph Theodore Prodromus, poet and prose writer of the twelfth century, who was active during the reign of the Comnenian emperors John II and Manuel I.

With respect to the diversity of his works as a whole, this work aims at a better understanding of the prose writer Prodromus, whose correspondence has never been published in its entirety. The present edition of his collected letters goes with ten more lengthy rhetorical set-pieces (four of them monodies or funerary speeches), originating in the same learned milieu and stylistically close to the letters.

The critical text is preceded by a long introduction which gives detailed context for each of the correspondents and examines the literary conventions belonging to the genres of epistolography and monody. It also highlights the originality of a self-conscious author who, if deeply indebted to a longstanding tradition, succeeds in preserving his individuality.

Michiel D.J. Op de Coul (1961-2022) studied classical philology at the Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen and Universiteit van Amsterdam. He specialized in Late Antiquity and Byzantine Studies at the Université Paris IV - Sorbonne, where he received his PhD in 2007. At his untimely death in May 2022 he worked as Senior Lecturer in Classics at the Faculty of Catholic Theology of Tilburg University.


Préface - Marc Lauxtermann


I. L'auteur et son œuvre I.1 Théodore Prodrome: une esquisse biographique I.2 Les correspondants et les relations de Prodrome I.3 Deux genres littéraires: la lettre et la monodie

I.4 Histoire de la réception

II. Histoire du texte

II.1 Les manuscrits

II.2 Relations entre les manuscrits

II.3 Les éditions

III. Principes de l’édition

IV. Regestes des lettres et des discours


Conspectus siglorum Conspectus abbreuiationum Epistulae Orationes


Index locorum Sacrae Scripturae Index fontium et locorum parallelorum Index nominum

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