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Style-switching in the Grottaferrata Text of Digenes Akrites

<p>Abstract<br>Although scholars have investigated many of the historical and literary aspects of the sole<br>surviving Byzantine epic, Digenes Akrites, since the discovery of the first text in the 19th century,<br>the aspect of style-switching has not been previously examined. This article examines the use of<br>style-switching, the use of foreign words and terms for literary effect, in the Grottaferrata text of<br>Digenes Akrites. It demonstrates that the use and distribution of words of Arabic origin in the text<br>are not random, but a deliberate technique by the writer to create a foreign 'atmosphere' in those<br>passages where Arabs are the main characters or the events take place in Arab territory.<br></p>