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The incineration of New Babylon : the fire poem of Konstantinos Stilbes

Author: Constantine Stilbes; Trevor Layman
Publisher: Geneva : La Pomme d'or, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : Poetry : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In 1197 a cataclysmic fire swept through Constantinople. Emerging from warehouses along the Golden Horn, it engulfed multistorey mansions, monasteries, the Italian Quarter, and the church of the Theotokos Kyriotissa. The clergyman Konstantinos Stilbes recalled the devastation in a poetic lament for the suffering of the citizens of New Rome, pitiably transformed into a "New Babylon" scourged by God. This book  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
History
Poetry
Named Person: Constantine Stilbes
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Constantine Stilbes; Trevor Layman
ISBN: 9782970076339 2970076330
OCLC Number: 921941766
Language Note: In English and Greek.
Description: 155 pages ; 23 cm
Other Titles: Fire poem of Konstantinos Stilbes
Responsibility: Trevor Layman.

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"In 1197 a cataclysmic fire swept through Constantinople. Emerging from warehouses along the Golden Horn, it engulfed multistorey mansions, monasteries, the Italian Quarter, and the church of the Theotokos Kyriotissa. The clergyman Konstantinos Stilbes recalled the devastation in a poetic lament for the suffering of the citizens of New Rome, pitiably transformed into a "New Babylon" scourged by God. This book presents the poem in English translation alongside the original Greek, and accompanied by a detailed commentary. Stilbes' poem sheds light on Constantinople's medieval topography and is a testament to the sophistication of Greek poetry on the eve of the Fourth Crusade."--Page 4 of cover.

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