The term ‘Greek hymnody’ within Christianity has both a contemporary and an historical sense. First, it signifies the hymnody of the present Byzantine liturgical rite, contained in the official liturgical hymnbooks. The Byzantine or Eastern Roman empire ended in 1453, but the Byzantine rite contined to be practised in post-Byzantine times, both by Orthodox and eventually by Catholic Uniate churches, as it still is. Second, Greek hymnody incorporates all hymnody used in any of several historical Greek liturgies, whether still in use, and therefore still printed by the Church, or to be found only in inedited manuscripts or scientific editions. The period dealt with here ranges from the 4th...
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