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Flaying Angels: Аn Early Byzantine Edifying Tale Preserved Only in Slavic Translation

Sergey A. Ivanov


On the basis of four existing manuscripts, a Byzantine “spiritually beneficial tale” is published for the first time. This is an obvious translation from Greek but its original is nowhere attested. The action takes place in Jerusalem and its surroundings, the actors are pre-Islamic Arabs. In all probability, the story was written down at the beginning of the 6th century; the hidden message of the legend is the questionability of “barbaric” conversions as such.


DOI: 10.31168/2305-6754.2021.10.1.1


Byzantine hagiography; “spiritually beneficial tales”; Jerusalem; Arabs; conversion


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