The Noble Prominent Warrior: Youths in Komnenian Literature


Abstract


Variations in the presentation of noble birth in Komnenian literature are noticeable. Identifications could be found in the three different aspects of this theme. Historians take efforts to create fictitious blood lines between young men and mythological, biblical or historical rulers; orators credit youth’s association with the Komnenodoukai clan in an enhancive number of speeches and poems which are related to family events; and, eventually, the same orators desist from praising a humble origin in advisory literature. Therefore these aspects indicate the accelerating significance of family bonds. The thesis intends to outline the accelerated interest of writers in the appearance and physical activities of their heroes. By discussing each element of this gist at great length, it consolidates this motif with variations in the organization of Byzantine nobility.


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