Sul ruolo e la valutazione dei ‘minori’ nella poesia greca tardoantica
Agosti attempts to sketch the main features of the Greek literary production between the fifth and sixth centuries. He argues that during this span of time authors, drawing on the example of Nonnus of Panopolis, experiment with new forms of poetry and literary genres such as the cento and the Bibelepik. Authors such as John of Gaza, Agathias and Paulus Silentiarius see themselves engaged in an agon with their literary models. Agosti argues that it is unfair to label the poetic language of these authors as empty mannerisms; instead, it should be seen as a specimen of a common rhetorical code shared by elites of sophisticated writers. Agosti points out that this seemingly "minor" literature contains valuable snapshots which reveal the level of culture (and social wealth) in the provinces of the sixth-century Byzantine empire.