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The Life of St. Philaretos the Merciful Written by His Grandson Niketas

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A Book About the Life of St. Philaretos Written By His Grandson Niketas. Saint Philaretos lived sometime in the early 8th century. Born in Paphlagonia, Philaretos was very rich and belonged to an illustrious local aristocratic family (Byzantine Anatolian Magnates). According to the hagiography written by his grandson Niketas, Philaretos possessed unworldly generosity and gave away most of his wealth. Eventually his granddaughter , Maria of Amnia, was selected to be Empress consort of Constantine VI of the Byzantine Empire in the first recorded Bride Show.
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  ACTA UNIVERSITATIS UPSALIENSIS Studia yzantina Upsaliensia 8 Lennart Ryden LIFE OF ST PHILARETOS MERCIFUL WRITTEN BY GRANDSON NIKETAS A Critical Edition with Introduction Translation Notes and Indices UPPSALA 2 2  Lennart Ryden THE  LIFE OF  ST  PHIL RETOS  THE  MERCIFUL WRITTEN  Y  HIS GR NDSON  NIKJET S A Critical Edition with Introduction Translation Notes and Indices Uppsala 2002  Published  with  financial support from the  Swedish Research Council bstract Ryden  Lennart, ed. The Life of St Philaretos the  Merciful, written  by  his grandson Niketas. Oitical edition  with  introduction, translation, notes,  and indices. Studia yzantina  psalien~  sia  8.  Uppsala 2002. Ca.  143  s. ISBN91-554-5200-0. The  Life of  St. Philaretos the Merciful, d. 788 was  written  in  the early  720s y  his grandson  Niketas who at this time lived in exile in the Peloponnesos.  t has been preserved in a great number  ofMSS and  in  several versions.  The  present edition is  based on  the  Genuensis gr. 34  which can be shown to contain the version closest to the originaL  t  is  analysed in the  ntro~  duction  from  the points of view  of historicity, literary character, grammar, style,  and purpose. A  number of literary motifs  are  pointed out and  put into their proper context. The editor agrees  with  the suggestion that the Vita  was written  on the occasion of the marriage of Michael  II  821-829) with  Euphrosyne, the daughter ofNiketas cousin, the ex-queen  Maria  in the hope  that Michael  would  recall  the author  from  his exile. Parallel with the Greek text runs an  Eng lish translation  with notes on various matters of importance for the proper understanding of  the Vita. The  edition ends  with  a grammatical index and an  index  of  vocabulary and  names.  Lennart Rydin Department o  Classical  Philology  Uppsala  University  P. 0. Box  527 SE-751  20  Uppsa/a  Sweden ISSN 0283-1244 ISBN9l-554-5200-0 ©  ennart Ryden  2002  Printed  in  Sweden  Distributor: Uppsala University Library, P.O. Box  510  SE-75120 Uppsala www.un.se e-mail acta@ub.un.se    ontents Acknowledgements . X ?Ott l l Rct Bibliographical Abbreviations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Summary o the text . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Composition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Philaretos and his family. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Philaretos social status . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 The Life o Philaretos and the Book o Job . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Abraham and Jacob as models for Philaretos . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Was Philaretos a happy fool? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Other saints called Merciful . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36 The bride-show (376-516) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 38 The banquet for the beggars (517-600) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 40 Philaretos largesse (601-636) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Niketas dream (833-891).. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 42 The author and his purpose . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 45 Previous editions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 The present edition . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 The manuscripts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Errors in G . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 52 The relationship between G and P . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 53 The Vita Philareti compared to other texts contained in G . . . 54 Principles o edition and translation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55 Sigla . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Text Translation and Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Indices . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Biblical quotations and reminiscences . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Grammatical index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 25 Vocabulary and names . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

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