Song and dance

Danish. A new Danish translation of four hymns by the Byzantine hymnist Romanos the Melodist contains a fascinating study of how Romanos drew on literary tropes and structures from Classical Greek theater. I explain Romanos’ engagement with these theatrical effects in the context of the entertainment culture in Byzantium under Emperor Justinian.

“Frelsens sang i forlystelsens by” (“The song of salvation in the city of entertainment”), Weekendavisen (13 October 2023). Link.