George Pisida

George of Pisidia (Georgios Pisides * before 600 [ maybe 580 ] at Antioch in Pisidia; † shortly after 635 ) was an East Roman poet and civil servant.

George was (according to a late source) might deacon in Constantinople Opel and wrote in ancient Greek several Versdichtungen dedicated to the Eastern Roman Emperor Heraclius. George celebrates Heraclius, he had probably accompanied himself on his campaigns against the Persian Sassanid Empire, in the form of panegyric, but about George expeditions persica ' Persian War includes still valuable information to Heraclius. The plant is also good contemporary mood in the capital in connection with the war against the Sassanids expressed that one can probably describe aptly with "crusade mood ". The work was later used by Theophanes and other authors.

Other poems have the arrival of the emperor in Constantinople Opel from Africa ( 610) and the return from the East (630 ) on the subject, another his Awarenkrieg. The seals George were provided for the public lecture and should glorify the emperor. Also philological are George poems ( some of which are not completely preserved ) not without interest, for example regarding the metric. He has, despite its association with ancient forms already ahead to the medium Byzantine literature. George was also strives to clear the imitation ( mimesis ) of the traditional ancient seal. Together with the historian Georg Theophylaktos Simokates can be considered as one of the last late-antique authors.

Text output

  • Agostino Pertusi: Giorgio di Pisidia. Poemi. I. Panegirici epici ( Studia et patristica Byzantina 7). Ettal 1959 ( edition with Italian translation and commentary ).