Book Reviews
Drosilla and Charikles: A Byzantine
Niketas Eugenianos. (12th c.) Bolchazy-Carducci, 2004.
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    This is a very well done edition of a fascinating medieval romance. There is a bilingual text, the
original Greek on one page and a good English translation opposite. The format is handy if you want
to try to read the Greek and to quickly check your translation. The story itself is poetic and the
vocabulary often seems more classical than Byzantine. As the original introduction says, it is a story
of "flight, wandering, storms at sea, abductions, violence, robbers, prisons, pirates, hunger...,
unlucky separation from one another, and in the end bridal chambers and nuptials." A very
worthwhile read.
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