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Konstantinos Manasses und Johannes Phokas – Zwei Byzantinische Orientreisende des 12. Jahrhunderts

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In autumn 1160 Constantine Manasses was sent on a secret imperial mission from Constantinople to the Holy Land. He described the long journey - which was finished in spring 1162 - in a literary account consisting of 794 verses, a text which came down to us in two different versions. In 1177 John Phocas wrote a prose account of his pilgrimage to Syria and Palestine. The considerable different impressions basing on journeys which were undertaken nearly at the same time in the same geographical area draw interesting conclusions to the individual perspective of an autor towards his narration and to the problem of perception in general: so the modern reader can imagine that this is no description of objective or factual reality in a mediaeval literary source.

Language: German

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2000-06-01

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