Romanos Melodos, 'On the Massacre of the Innocents' : a perspective on ekphrasis as a method of patristic exegesis

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dc.contributor.author Barkhuizen, J.H., 1940-
dc.date.accessioned 2008-05-05T12:29:20Z
dc.date.available 2008-05-05T12:29:20Z
dc.date.issued 2007
dc.description.abstract The rhetorical genre of ekphrasis was widely employed by patristic and Byzantine authors, especially in their homiletic output. Here we have especially in mind the descriptive homily : As opposed to the exegetical homily, in which the Fathers followed a line-for-line commentary, the descriptive homily follows a methodology according to which the preacher starts from a given (scriptural) episode or passage and then proceeds to develop it freely and elaborately, dramatising it by introducing lively dialogues, monologues and vivid descriptions, in this way taking the audience back in time and inviting them to partake in those far-off biblical events, and in the process rendering those events more vivid. In this form the patristic and Byzantine homily was actually an ekphrasis. In this paper the extensive use of ekphrasis in kontakion 3 (15) of Romanos is analysed as method of exegesis. It concerns the description of war, in this case Herod's slaughter of the Innocents of Bethlehem. Romanos, in line with his model (Basil of Caesarea), closely follows the instructions for the composition of a war description prescribed by the pagan teachers of rhetoric (Theon, Hermogenes). en
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dc.identifier.citation Barkhuizen, JH 2007, 'Romanos Melodos, 'On the Massacre of the Innocents' : a perspective on ekphrasis as a method of patristic exegesis', Acta Classica : Proceedings of the Classical Association of South Africa : Jubilee Issue, vol. 50, pp. 29-50. [www.casa-kvsa.org.za] en
dc.identifier.issn 0065-1141
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2263/5118
dc.language.iso en en
dc.publisher Classical Association of South Africa en
dc.rights Classical Association of South Africa en
dc.subject On the Massacre of the Innocents en
dc.subject.lcsh Bible -- Criticism, interpretation, etc. -- History -- Early church, ca. 30-600 en
dc.subject.lcsh Preaching -- History -- Early church, ca. 30-600 en
dc.subject.lcsh Ekphrasis -- The Greek word en
dc.subject.lcsh Romanus, Melodus, Saint, 6th cent. gr
dc.subject.lcsh Massacre of the Holy Innocents en
dc.title Romanos Melodos, 'On the Massacre of the Innocents' : a perspective on ekphrasis as a method of patristic exegesis en
dc.type Article en


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