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This opening section is intended to give a basic introduction to Demetrius' intellectual background. To do full justice to his intellectual roots would be an extensive task, both because of the complexity of the Byzantine scholarly scene in the period and because Demetrius' interests were wide-ranging. The scope of this section is therefore rather more modest: all that is intended is a basic survey, to demonstrate the character of Demetrius' intellectual credentials, in order to provide a background to the account of Demetrius' writings and career presented in subsequent chapters. It will also look at more tangible evidence of Demetrius' personal interests, such as manuscripts he is known to have owned and his own expression of interest in certain writers. A synopsis of each chapter follows.

Keywords: Byzantine scholarly scene; Demetrius' intellectual background; Demetrius' personal interests



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