BASILIUS DIGENES ACRITAS ,
See also:national hero. probably lived in the loth century . He is named Digenes (of
See also:birth) as the son of a Moslem
See also:father and a Christian
See also:mother; Acritas (c.xpa, frontier, boundary), as one of the frontier
See also:guards of the
See also:empire, corresponding to the
See also:Roman milites limitanei . The chief
See also:duty of these acritae consisted in repelling Moslem inroads and the raids of the apelatae (
See also:cattle-lifters), brigands who may be compared with the more
See also:modern Klephts . The
See also:original Digenes epic is lost, but four poems are extant, in which the different incidents of the
See also:legend have been worked up by different hands . The first of these consists of about 4000 lines, written in the so-called "
See also:political " metre, and was discovered in the latter
See also:part of the 19th century, in a 16th-century MS., at
See also:Trebizond; the other three
See also:MSS. were found at Grotta Ferrata, Andros and
See also:Oxford . The poem, which has been compared with the Chanson de Roland and the
See also:Romance of the
See also:Cid, undoubtedly contains a kernel of fact, although it cannot be regarded as in any sense an
See also:historical record . The scene of
See also:action is laid in
See also:Cappadocia and the
See also:district of the
See also:Euphrates .
See also:Editions of the Trebizond MS. by C . Sathas and E . Legrand in the Collection
See also:des monuments pour servir a l'etude de la langue hellinique, new series, vi . (1875), and by S . Joannides (Constantinople, 1887) .
See monographs by A . Luber (
See also:Salzburg, 1885) and G . Wartenberg (Berlin, 1897) . Full information will be found in C .
See also:Krumbacher's Geschichte der byzantinischen Litteratur, p . 827q (2nd ed., 1897) ; see also G . Schlumberger, L'E°popee Byzantine d la fin du dixicme siecle (1897) .
SIR KENELM DIGBY (1603-1665)
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