AUTHORS
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TOWARDS THE SOURCES OF THE LEGEND OF THE DRAGON OF RHODES

Etudes balkaniques (Sofia) 2022 N 1

Vanya Lozanova-Stancheva
Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences
Bulgaria

Abstract: The present article is an attempt to search for the sources of the legend of the fight of Deodat de Gozon (Dieudonné de Gozon), the future 27th Grand Master of the Knights Hospitaller of Saint John at Rhodes (1346–1353) with the monstrous dragon of Rhodes in the period during which the island was ruled by the Order of the Knights Hospitaller and also for its possible primary literary sources in the mediaeval tradition of the Alexander Romance, resp. of its version Historia di preliis J3-Rezension.

Keywords: Deodat de Gozon, the Rhodes Dragon, the Order of the Knights Hospitaller of Saint John at Rhodes, the Alexander Romance, Historia di preliis


 

MIRABILIA: MIRACULOUS AND MAGICAL ON THE ANCIENT ROOTS OF THE CONCEPT APPARATUS


Vanya Lozanova-Stantcheva

Institute of Balkan Studies & Centre of Thracology
(
Bulgarian Academy of Sciences)

Etudes balkaniques (Sofia) Issue 2019 N 1

Abstract: The article aims to analyze and systematize the movement and development of concepts integrated into the problematic situation Mirabilia: Miraculous and Magical. The analysis focuses on the ancient roots of the concept apparatus in various genre forms from Homer to the Middle Ages.
Studies in the semantic field of “miracles” (mirabilia or miracula) and the “miraculous” whose context generates the “magic” and the “magical” presuppose several levels of investigation, among them being that of lexical analysis and conceptual precisions, defining the concepts of the “supernatural” and of “magic” and “magical”, as well as their related concepts.

Keywords: Mirabilia, Miracles, Magic, Magical, Supernatural



Mirabilia and Monstra

Etudes balkaniques (Sofia) Issue 2016 N 1

Abstract: The article aims to analyze and systematize the movement and development of concepts integrated into the problematic situation Mirabilia: Miracles and Monsters. Studies in the semantic field of “miracles” (mirabilia or miracula) and the “miraculous” whose context generates the “monsters” (monstra) and the “monstrous” presuppose several levels of analysis, among them being that of lexical analysis and conceptual precisions. The analysis focuses on Greek and Latin concepts in various genre forms from Homer to the end of the Middle Ages.
Irrespective of whether the etymologies are correct or speculative, monsters remained charged with moral functions and are transformed into an ethical text. Thus the monster (monstra) functions as a sign, but also as an instruction and warning. Hence it appears most often as a designation of the border space between the two worlds: the World of the Present and the World Beyond.

Keywords: Mirabilia, Miracula, Monsters (Monstra), Paradoxography, Speculum-Literature, Other and Otherness