Cyrillona: A Critical Study and Commentary

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Cyrillona: A Critical Study and Commentary

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dc.contributor.advisor Griffith, Sidney H. en_US Griffin, Carl W. en_US
dc.contributor.other Blanchard, Monica en_US
dc.contributor.other Timbie, Janet en_US 2011-06-24T17:12:02Z 2011-06-24T17:12:02Z 2011 en_US 2011-06-24T17:12:02Z
dc.identifier.other Griffin_cua_0043A_10195 en_US
dc.description Degree awarded: Ph.D. Early Christian Studies. The Catholic University of America en_US
dc.description.abstract Comparatively little Syriac literature predating the Council of Chalcedon (451) has survived to the present, but many believe Syriac poetry reached its apogee in the works of these early authors, the most illustrious being Ephrem the Syrian. Cyrillona (ca. 396) was Ephrem's younger contemporary, and his nineteenth-century discoverer, editor and translator, Gustav Bickell, hailed him as "the most important Syriac poet after Ephrem." Scholars East and West have concurred that Cyrillona certainly stands among the first rank of Syriac poets. Yet in the 150 years since his rediscovery, the study of his work has not been commensurate with this high opinion. There survives no ancient testimony of Cyrillona or his poetry, and he is known to us only through his works. They are preserved in a single sixth-century British Library manuscript (BL Add. 14,591), a miscellany of poetic homilies (memre) by both named and anonymous authors. Two poems are attributed to Cyrillona by name, and based on style and content, three further anonymous works in the same manuscript appear to come from his pen. This dissertation is the first full and systematic study of Cyrillona. It examines and reassesses conventional claims about the author: name and identity, date, place of writing, and the constitution of his corpus, specifically rejecting the authenticity of an anonymous memra On the Grain of Wheat, attributed to Cyrillona by Bickell. I have reedited all the Syriac texts in a critical edition and provide their first complete translation into English, together with a study and commentary on the five genuine poems. This study introduces each poem and examines its poetic form and genre, structure and rhetorical features, and critical questions of text, interpretation, and milieu. Its goal is to enhance our appreciation and our understanding of the contribution of Cyrillona to literature and thought, and to provide a firm textual and critical foundation for future research. Cyrillona emerges as a daring expositor, a loving pastor, an engaging homilist, and a poet of great originality and unique gifts. en_US
dc.format.extent 628 p. en_US
dc.format.mimetype application/pdf en_US
dc.publisher The Catholic University of America en_US
dc.subject Religious History en_US
dc.subject.other Cyrillona en_US
dc.subject.other Early Christian Studies en_US
dc.subject.other Ephrem the Syrian en_US
dc.subject.other Patristics en_US
dc.subject.other Syriac en_US
dc.title Cyrillona: A Critical Study and Commentary en_US
dc.type Text en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US

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