Style-switching in the Grottaferrata Text of Digenes Akrites

Although scholars have investigated many of the historical and literary aspects of the sole surviving Byzantine epic, Digenes Akrites, since the discovery of the first text in the 19th century, the aspect of style-switching has not been previously examined. This article examines the use of style-switching, the use of foreign words and terms for literary effect, in the Grottaferrata text of Digenes Akrites. It demonstrates that the use and distribution of words of Arabic origin in the text are not random, but a deliberate technique by the writer to create a foreign 'atmosphere' in those passages where Arabs are the main characters or the events take place in Arab territory.
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R. Dietrich, “Style-switching in the Grottaferrata Text of Digenes Akrites,” Revue des études byzantines, pp. 365–368, 2006, Accessed: 00, 2020. [Online]. Available: