The Byzantine Warrior Hero: Cypriot Folk Songs as History and Myth, 965-1571 (Byzantium: A European Empire and Its Legacy) (Hardcover)

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Chrysovalantis Kyriacou examines how memories of the pre-Christian past, Christian militarism, power struggles, and ethnoreligious encounters have left their long-term imprint on Cypriot culture. One of the most impressive examples of this phenomenon is the preservation and transformative adaptation of Byzantine heroic themes, motifs, and symbols in Cypriot folk songs. By combining a variety of written sources and archaeological material in his interdisciplinary examination, the author reconstructs the image of the Byzantine warrior hero in the songs, recovering the mentalities of overshadowed social protagonists and stressing the role of subaltern communities as active agents in the shaping of history.

About the Author


Chrysovalantis Kyriacou is teaching associate at the Theological School of the Church of Cyprus.


Product Details
ISBN: 9781793621986
ISBN-10: 1793621985
Publisher: Lexington Books
Publication Date: December 16th, 2020
Pages: 242
Language: English
Series: Byzantium: A European Empire and Its Legacy