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By Maria V Mavroudi

This quantity discusses the so-called Oneirocriticon of Achmet, crucial Byzantine paintings on dream interpretation which was once written in Greek within the tenth century and has drastically stimulated next dreambooks in Byzantine Greek, Medieval Latin, and glossy ecu languages. through evaluating the Oneirocriticon with the 2nd-century A.D. dreambook of Artemidoros (translated into Arabic within the ninth century) and 5 medieval Arabic dreambooks, this examine demonstrates that the Oneirocriticon is a Christian Greek adaption of Islamic Arabic fabric and that the similarities among it and Artemidoros are as a result of impression of Artemidoros at the Arabic resources of the Byzantine paintings. The Oneirocriticon's textual culture, its language, the identities of its writer and consumer, and its place between different Byzantine translations from Arabic into Greek also are investigated.

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And the emperor ordered Every soldier he had to hurry And buckle on armor, make himself fit For the flight of arrows, prepare to fight In open fields. Famous warriors, The Romans were ready almost at once, Weapons in hand, although their army Was smaller than the masses of assembled Huns. They rode around their leader, shields Clanging, war-wood resounding, then marched Out to battle. Ravens croaked On high, black and baleful. Trumpets And heralds called, horses stamped, As the army went forward.

For who can hear: 'friendless and poor,' And know what I've known since the long cheerful nights When, young and yearning, with my lord I yet feasted Most welcome of all. That warmth is dead. He only knows who needs his lord As I do, eager for long-missing aid; He only knows who never sleeps Without the deepest dreams of longing. Sometimes it seems I see my lord, Kiss and embrace him, bend my hands And head to his knee, kneeling as though He still sat enthroned, ruling his thanes*. And I open my eyes, embracing the air, And see the brown sea-billows heave, See the sea birds bathe, spreading Their white-feathered wings, watch the frost And the hail and the snow.

A kingly thing. A house . . . a city . . . . . . 21 45 Heroic Poems Even in times documented by written records, Old English society was warlike, and its people always valued heroic* poetry. When Old English poets recounted stories that celebrate the virtues of Christian saints (the heroes of the Christian era), they composed them, too, in heroic form. Of particular interest is Judith, a retelling of an Old Testament book from the Septuagint version of the Bible, which is found in the manuscript containing Beowulf.

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