Theodore Hyrtakenos

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Theodore Hyrtakenos, Latinized as Theodorus Hyrtacenus (Greek: Θεόδωρος Ὑρτακηνός), was a court official of the Byzantine Empire. He flourished in the time of the Andronikos II Palaiologos (r. 1282-1328), where he was the superintendent of the public teachers of rhetoric and belles lettres.

Ninety-three of his letters, a congratulatory address, and three of his funeral orations are extant. Their stilted rhetoric hinders their address, but they speak towards an extensive acquaintance with ancient poetry. Also extant are a panegyric on the Virgin Mary, a panegyric on Aninas Thaumaturgus, and a description of the garden of Saint Anna in Nazareth.[1]


Further reading[edit]

  • A. Karpozilos, "The Correspondence of Theodoros Hyrtakenos", Jahrbuch der Österrichischen Byzantinistik, 43 (1993), pp. 221-31