By Michael Jeffreys, Marc D. Lauxtermann

'The Letters of Psellos' offers an in depth research of the correspondence of Michael Psellos, a preeminent Byzantine highbrow, baby-kisser, and author. dependent in components, it juxtaposes 5 essays supplying specified old and literary analyses of chosen letters with annotated summaries of the whole lot of Psellos' correspondence.

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48 The letter spawns several reactions from Psellos. In KD 210, headed ἀντίγραμμα, Psellos argues that he could not detect any trace of a consistent thought in Kyritzes’ letter. ), 44 See J. ), Michael Psellus. Philosophica minora, I: Opuscula logica, physica, allegorica, alia (Leipzig-Stuttgart, 1992) and M. ), Michael Psellus. Philosophica minora, II: Opuscula psychologica, theologica, daemonologica (Leipzig-Stuttgart, 1998). 45 Philosophica minora, II, no. 27–9: ἐκέλευσας ἡμᾶς συναγηοχότας τῶν τε τῆς παλαιότητος φιλοσόφων καὶ τῶν ἡμετέρων ἀνδρῶν τὰς περὶ τοῦ προβλήματος δόξας ὑφηγήσασθαι δι᾿ ἐπιστολῆς.

72 This clearly throws into relief their teacher–student relationship. 73 For this, Pothos’ function of krites of several themata was of great importance. When conducting business with Pothos, Psellos often appeals to their teacher– student relationship. In KD 38, he mentions the fact that Pothos sees his former teacher as a kind of Olympian Zeus, because he is above the clouds thanks to his wisdom in philosophy. 74 Psellos is trying to avoid a tax that Pothos has imposed on a monastery under Psellos’ protection.

The teacher had to rely on his own personal network and reputation to recruit pupils. One result of this is the large number of letters by means of which Psellos keeps the families or protectors of his pupils informed about the progress of their son, nephew, or protégé. Psellos’ teaching is portrayed as a service he offers to his ‘friends’, for which he has to put his network to work, but thanks to which he can also extend this network. 53 But he complains that the boy has not been happy with the kind of rhetorical training provided by Psellos, and together with some other pupils, he has been attracted to other teachers, disparagingly called ‘milk feeders’ by Psellos, who teach a newer art of rhetoric.

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