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How to Build a National Epic: Digenes Akrites and the Song of Roland

Fernanda Moore

in Classics and National Cultures

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
September 2010
ISBN:
9780199212989
eISBN:
9780191594205
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212989.003.0011
Subject:
Classical Studies, Prose and Writers: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter contrasts La Chanson de Roland's successful canonization as France's national epic with the Byzantine epic Digenes Akrites, which seemed destined to serve the same function for Modern ... More


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