Emperor Divine. The Portrait of Heraclius in the Poems of George of Pisidia

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This article provides an insight into the poetic techniques applied by George of Pisidia in his panegyric poems on the Byzantine emperor Heraclius (r. 610–641). As Heraclius’ official court poet George portrays the emperor as holy man and, thus, aims at legitimising his imperial rule. In discussing selected passages from George’s poetic oeuvre, it is shown how Heraclius is represented as a Christian hero and, building on the concept of Christian orthodoxy, as the ultimate Christian ruler.
FachzeitschriftPhilologus. Zeitschrift für antike Literatur und ihre Rezeption
PublikationsstatusEingereicht - 2023

ÖFOS 2012

  • 602024 Klassische Philologie


  • Georgios Pisides
  • Herakleios
  • Panegyrik