Aleksandrova Tatiana

The Homeric Cento of Empress Eudocia

Aleksandrova Tatiana (2017) "The Homeric Cento of Empress Eudocia ", Vestnik Pravoslavnogo Sviato-Tikhonovskogo gumanitarnogo universiteta. Seriia III : Filologiia, 2017, vol. 50, pp. 63-97 (in Russian).

DOI of the paper: 10.15382/sturIII201750.63-97


The Homeric cento in its most complete version, assumptively attributed to Empress Eudoxia, was translated into Russian (or, more precisely, compiled like a cento) using translations of the Iliad by Nikolay Gnedich and of the Odyssey by Vasily Zhukovsky. The introductory article briefly reviews various versions of Christian Homeric Centos. The fi rst and the most complete version (1HC) is to a large extent attributed to Empress Eudocia (5th century), who re-wrote the previous edition of Bishop Patricius in order to make it meet her aesthetical and theological views (“Father’s good will”, “Gentile Church”). Eudocia considerably expanded the text using the so-called δοιάδες (double verses). By means of these, she created various descriptions (ecphrasis), which characterise this version.


Homeric cento, Homerocentra, Homer, Patricius, Eudocia, Byzantine literature, Christianity


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