Byzantine hymnody

See also ‘Byzantine rite’*, ‘Greek hymnody’*, ‘Rite of Constantinople’*, ‘Rite of Jerusalem’*, ‘Greek hymns, archaeology’*. This is a highly sophisticated and powerful literary tradition of religious poetry intended for the liturgical services of the Eastern Orthodox Church and for private, devotional purposes. Profoundly doctrinal, Byzantine hymnody mirrored the major developments in Christology and Trinitarian theology throughout the first millennium of Christianity. At the same time, it was marked by historical circumstances and the legacy of Hellenic learning. A correct approach to Byzantine hymnody demands that appreciation be shown to the theological and dogmatic principles that...

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