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Digenes Akrites

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There are several layers of material. The earliest and most shadowy relate to identifications suggested for the hero's paternal ancestry; more secure are connections to Paulician heretics in Cappadocia; some toponyms refer to areas in Asia Minor prominent in the 10th and 11th centuries; disparate epic tales from Syria probably came to Constantinople in the late 11th century and were recast as an epic-romance c. 1135. The verse epic Digenēs Akritēs is preserved in six manuscripts and thus six versions. Christian-Muslim relations are an important underlying element in the poem's plot.

Keywords: Christian-Muslim relation; Digenēs Akritēs



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