Kassia: A female hymnographer of the 9th century
PANAGOPOULOS , SPYROS
Proceedings of the 1st International Conference of the ASBMH, Athens (2007)
For over 1,000 years many men and a few women wrote hymns in Byzantium. Their contribution to world literature and to Greek letters constitutes a vast and priceless treasure of sacred poetry. It’s impossible to exaggerate the value of this hymnography, since it expresses, as nothing else can, the spiritual riches, faith and beauty of Eastern Christendom. Some of these hymns are still chanted today in many languages in Orthodox Churches in every part of the world. Others remain unknown. Hidden in manuscripts stored in monastic libraries, they wait to be discovered and to be edited.