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Past Masters: Byzantine Historiography
Dear Mr. Peter Adamson, I enjoyed your pod cast and learned something new. Thank you.
Sorry, but the initial Easter chant just sounds so wrong in November. There are so many others you could have chosen from. Great work though and I really enjoy your podcasts.
Easter all year round
Good point! It was more appropriate when I first started using that music. I was actually planning to keep it through the whole Byzantine series, and bring in new music for the Renaissance. At least you can enjoy the thought that you had to be quite well informed for this to bother you in the first place.
Christ is Risen
I take of course Irene's well-justified point, but I wanted to note that in the Christian (at least the Orthodox) tradition and structure of time Sunday (i.e. the day of the new podcast and of the celebration of liturgy) is always a day of happiness and joy, because the Resurrection of God is commemorated (and even more than commemoration: that's the holy Eucharist);
+having the Resurrection hymn (Christ is risen: From the Canon of Pascha/Easter by none other than Saint John of Damascus) in the beginning of the episode is appropriately eschatological (like Christ's presence in the earth before the Second Coming), i.e. befitting the Byzantine (and especially Maximus the Confessor's) ethos!
Dear Peter, thanks for all you hard and fine work all these years and for the years to come!
Saint Seraphim of Sarov (1754-1833) would salute you, as he did with everyone at every point of the liturgical/calendar year in the following way: 'Christ is risen, my joy!'
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