Book Series Corpus Christianorum Series Graeca, vol. 81

Theodorus Prodromus

Epistulae et orationes

Michiel D. J. Op de Coul † (ed)

  • Pages: cxxxii + 182 p.
  • Size:155 x 245 mm
  • Language(s):Greek, French
  • Publication Year:2023

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-54413-7
  • Hardback
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This work aims at a better understanding of the prose writer Theodore Prodromos (12th cent.), whose correspondence has never been published in its entirety


"The letters and rhetorical pieces of the prominent twelfth-century intellectual Theodore Prodromos were previously scattered in numerous editions of varying quality. Their joint reediting was a pressing desideratum for Byzantine studies, now admirably fulfilled in a new publication prepared by the late Michiel Op de Coul and finalised through the diligent care of Marc Lauxtermann. (…) This volume is a most valuable supplement to Wolfram Hörandner’s earlier edition of Prodromos’s historical poems. Pity that it does not include even more prose texts by this author, such as his dialogues." (Ioannis Polemis, in The Byzantine Review, 06.2024.005, DOI:


Michiel D.J. Op de Coul (1961-2022) studied classical philology at the Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen and Universiteit van Amsterdam. He specialized in Late Antiquity and Byzantine Studies at the Université Paris IV - Sorbonne, where he received his PhD in 2007. At his untimely death in May 2022 he worked as Senior Lecturer in Classics at the Faculty of Catholic Theology of Tilburg University.


The present work comprises nearly all of the historical-biographical prose of the Byzantine polygraph Theodore Prodromus, poet and prose writer of the twelfth century, who was active during the reign of the Comnenian emperors John II and Manuel I.

With respect to the diversity of his works as a whole, this work aims at a better understanding of the prose writer Prodromus, whose correspondence has never been published in its entirety. The present edition of his collected letters goes with ten more lengthy rhetorical set-pieces (four of them monodies or funerary speeches), originating in the same learned milieu and stylistically close to the letters.

The critical text is preceded by a long introduction which gives detailed context for each of the correspondents and examines the literary conventions belonging to the genres of epistolography and monody. It also highlights the originality of a self-conscious author who, if deeply indebted to a longstanding tradition, succeeds in preserving his individuality.


Préface - Marc Lauxtermann

I. L'auteur et son œuvre 
I.1 Théodore Prodrome: une esquisse biographique
I.2 Les correspondants et les relations de Prodrome
I.3 Deux genres littéraires: la lettre et la monodie
I.4 Histoire de la réception

II. Histoire du texte
II.1 Les manuscrits
II.2 Relations entre les manuscrits
II.3 Les éditions

III. Principes de l’édition

IV. Regestes des lettres et des discours

Conspectus siglorum
Conspectus abbreuiationum

Index locorum Sacrae Scripturae
index fontium et locorum parallelorum
Index nominum