The Cult of St. Tryphon and His Martyrdom in the South Slavonic Written Tradition

Екатерина Тодорова. Култът към св. Трифон и неговото Мъчение в южно­ славянската писмена традиция

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  • Subject(s): Scripta // Medieval Studies // Linguistic // History of Literature //
  • Published by: Institute for Literature BAS
  • Print ISSN: 1312-238X
  • Summary/Abstract:

    The study examines the cult of the unmercenary Saint Tryphon. Attention is paid to his folklore veneration in Bulgaria and the specifics of his iconographic depiction. The emphasis is on the examination of his image, presented in the Martyrdom as attested in two Slavonic manuscripts from the 15th century housed in the Library of the Romanian Academy, Nos. 306 and 152. The characteristics of both manuscripts are also presented, as both texts are related to the Serbian language environment. The comparison of the two texts shows a complete coincidence in the narrative. The plotline of the narrative has classic features for this genre: introduction, main part, and a short conclusion. The main part of the narrativе stands out two semantic cores: the first is the expulsion of demons from the daughter of Emperor Gordian by Tryphon and the second is the verbal opposition between Aquilinus and the saint and the physical torture he is subjected to after each verbal struggle with his antagonist proving the strength of his spirit and the strength of the Christian faith.

  • Page Range: 355-364
    No. of Pages: 10
    Language: English
    Year: 2022
    Issue No:: Scripta & e-Scripta vol. 22, 2022

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  • Ekaterina Todorova

    Institute for Literature BAS

    Ekaterina Todorova is an Assist. Prof. at the Institute for Literature, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences. She holds a degree in Russian Philology from Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski. Also, she holds a PhD degree on the topic “Saints Healers in the Hagiography of the Orthodox World” at the Centre for Slavo-Byzantine Studies ‘Prof. Ivan Dujčev’, Sofia University St. Kliment Ohridski. Her publications are in the field of Old Russian and Old Bulgarian literature. She is interested in hagiography, the history of medicine as well as non-verbal communication. The author is a member of the European Association of Biblical Studies (EABS) and the Society of Biblical Literature (SBL).