THE PROWGUE OF THE CHRISTUS PAT/ENS AND EURIPIDEAN PROWGUES A COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS

G. J. Swart

Abstract


The Christus patiens is a dramatic representation of the Passion of Christ, in which
the literary conventions of classical tragedy, and especially the style and diction of
Euripides, are extensively copied. In the printed tradition, it is generally described
as a tragedy.l However, the defInition iJ1r668qt~ apaJ.ta1'tlC~ ('dramatic plot'), which
occurs frequently in the manuscript tradition, seems to give a more accurate
description of the nature of this poem. It is traditionally attributed to Gregory of
Nazianzus, but its authenticity has been disputed by many scholars since the late
sixteenth century. 2 Even after the detailed defence of the attribution to Gregory by
Tullier (1969:11-74), many dissenting voices still remain. The present author (Swart
1990) regards the authorship of Gregory as probable, though not irrefutably proven,
while the date of composition must be considered to be much earlier than the
eleventh to twelfth century as suggested by some scholars. External evidence
strongly suggests that the poem was composed before the sixth century. Thus it is a
product of the early Byzantine period, and as such an interesting example of the way
in which literary practices of Classical Antiquity were imitated by the Byzantines.

Full Text:

PDF


DOI: https://doi.org/10.7445/41-1-2-217

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.



ISSN 2079-2883 (online); ISSN 0303-1896 (print)

Powered by OJS and hosted by Stellenbosch University Library and Information Service since 2011.

http://akroterion.journals.ac.za/public/site/images/scholar/g3010_768

Disclaimer:

This journal is hosted by the SU LIS on request of the journal owner/editor. The SU LIS takes no responsibility for the content published within this journal, and disclaim all liability arising out of the use of or inability to use the information contained herein. We assume no responsibility, and shall not be liable for any breaches of agreement with other publishers/hosts.

SUNJournals Help