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New York University (New York, NY 10012-1019)
David Konstan (Project Director: December 2018 to present)
The Legends of Barbara and Katherine in the Greek Tradition (4th-10th Centuries)

Preparation for publication of an edition and translation of Greek narratives of the lives of Saint Barbara and Saint Katherine, from late antiquity and the early Middle Ages. (36 months)

Barbara and Katherine, two early Christian martyrs, were among the most popular saints of the Middle Ages. Celebrated in most European languages, from refined literature to folk songs and magic spells, stories about them became archetypal narratives that conditioned the perception of women in Europe and beyond from the 4th c. to today. From the earliest Greek versions till the year 1000, the narratives underwent significant changes in plot and literary form. But the early history of this intricate tradition has never been reconstructed and the ancient texts pertaining to the legends remain unpublished or poorly edited. This project will produce critical editions, with extensive historical and philological introductions and annotation, of nineteen late antique and medieval Greek versions of Barbara's and Katherine's stories. The recovery and cultural preservation of these narratives will contribute to the histories of gender, ritual, religious subjectivity, and premodern European literatures.

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Project fields:

Scholarly Editions and Translations

Research Programs

$249,466 (approved)
$249,466 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2019 – 9/30/2022