A Case Study in Byzantine Dragon-Slaying: Digenes and the Serpent

  title={A Case Study in Byzantine Dragon-Slaying: Digenes and the Serpent},
  author={C. Livanos},
  journal={Oral Tradition},
  pages={ - }
Digenes Akritas, called Akrites in our earliest sources, is the hero of several texts from the medieval and early modern periods and of several Modern Greek folk songs. Six Greek and one Slavic version of the epic survive. The earliest manuscript, named after the monastery at Grottaferrata, has been dated to approximately 1300. It has been argued that the long narratives are attempts to form a single cohesive story out of loosely connected songs about a hero who may have lived in the ninth… Expand

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