Late Byzantine and post-Byzantine Vernacular Love Poetry: An Overview
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This paper examines love poetry from the late Byzantine and post-Byzantine periods as a distinct body of literature. To be precise, it provides a list of the known texts (which is certainly not complete) together with brief introductory notes on each and examples where necessary. A few of these texts (mainly distiches added by readers in manuscripts) are presented for the first time for discussion as part of this corpus. Furthermore, the paper looks at issues such as their treatment by previous scholars and possible reasons why the love poetry from this period is meagre. Overall, it aims to open up a discussion on possible new approaches to the topic.