Christopher of Mytilene

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Christopher of Mytilene


Born circa 1000; died circa 1050. Byzantine poet.

Christopher of Mytilene’s poetic works include versions of biblical stories and sententiae. He also produced two church calendars in verse. In his secular poetry, he vividly describes daily life and provides satirical portraits of his contemporaries. Christopher was one of the first Byzantine writers to strive for individualization of character.


In Russian translation:
In Pamiatniki vizantiiskoi literatury IX-XIV vv. Moscow, 1969. Page 287.


Istoriia Vizantii, vol. 2. Moscow, 1967. Page 378.
Krumbacher, K. Geschichte der byzantinischen Literatur. 2nd ed. Munich, 1897.
The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The Poems of Christopher of Mytilene and John Mauropous
Though neither ever mentions the other, it is natural to place Byzantine poets, Christopher of Mytilene and John Mauropous together in one volume, say Bernard and Livanos, because they wrote about the same time period, places, and people and largely share the same style, genres, and intellectual profile.

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