Kassia: A female hymnographer of the 9th century



 
 Kassia: A female hymnographer of the 9th century

PANAGOPOULOS
, SPYROS

Proceedings of the 1st International Conference of the ASBMH, Athens (2007)

Abstract

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.

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