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kontakion


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First important type of Byzantine hymn (5th–6th centuries); a sermon-like metrical biblical paraphrase with stanzas (oikoi), an introductory strophe (prooimion or koukoulion), and refrains (ephymnia), often employing acrostics. The foremost composer of the genre was Romanos.

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Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).


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