The Pastoral in Byzantium

  title={The Pastoral in Byzantium},
  author={J. Burton},
The revival of the genre of the ancient novel in 12th-century Byzantium brought with it evidence of a continued and sophisticated readership of ancient bucolic/pastoral. This chapter explores the intertextual innovation and sophistication of the 12th-century Byzantine novels' play with classical bucolic/pastoral themes and imagery. Scholars often remark on the paucity of bucolic/pastoral literature among Byzantine writings, and indeed the two chief examples of freestanding Byzantine bucolic… Expand