The letters of Theodore II Doukas Laskaris: An approach to the emperor’s literary profile


The present study aims at the clarification of Theodore II Laskaris’ personality through his letters. These letters are a valuable source for the study of the Nicaean period; although the historical references are limited there is abundant direct and most frequently indirect information about the political, social and cultural milieu in Nicaea as well as about the private life and ideology of the epistolographer. The letters vividly depict the likes and dislikes of an ordinary man; sometimes he is glad and sometimes upset, he praises and blames, hopes and despairs or feels sorry. His relation to most of his addressees ranges from warm friendship to an expression of respect or merely a formal communication, at least in the period when the letters were composed. In his letters as crown prince Laskaris is presented as an intellectual who analyzes with a philosophical reasoning and embellishes his thoughts by means of rhetorical devices, without the pressure that the urgent imperial duties ...
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Οι επιστολές του Θεόδωρου Β΄ Δούκα Λάσκαρη: προσέγγιση της λογοτεχνικής φυσιογνωμίας του αυτοκράτορα
Koutouvalas, Panagiotis
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National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
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Μαρκόπουλος Αθανάσιος
Πολέμης Ιωάννης
Παναγιώτου Αντώνιος
Λουκάκη Μαρίνα
Αντωνοπούλου Θεοδώρα
Κοτζαμπάση Σοφία
Αλεξάκης Αλέξανδρος
Languages and Literature
Theodore II Laskaris; Epistolography; Content and addressees; Language; Rhetoric; Literary sources; Commentary; Education; Christian humanism; Byzantine philosophy; Politics; Nicaea
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