Encyclopædia Britannica, Ninth Edition/Greece/Part IV.—Greek Literature.
PART IV.—GREEK LITERATURE.
The history of Greek literature has had three great stages :—the Old Literature, from the earliest times to 529 A.D., when the edict of Justinian closed the schools of pagan philosophy ; the Byzantine Literature, from 529 A.D. to the taking of Constantinople by the Turks in 1453 ; and the Modern Literature, which may be said to have begun with the satirical poetry of Theodorus Prodromus in the 12th century.
- Section I.—The Old Greek Literature.
- I. The Early Literature.
- II. The Attic Literature.
- III. The Literature of the Decadence.
- Section II.—The Byzantine Literature.
- Section III.—Modern Greek Literature.
- Peculiar nature of modern Greek literature • Works in the ancient language • The modern language • Earliest modern Greek works • Neo-Hellenic • The Greeks of the Renaissance before the fall of Constantinople • The Greeks after the fall of Constantinople • Early works in modern Greek. Romantic poems. • Historical poems • Early popular poems • Early prose works • Literature of the 18th century • Modern era • Poets • Sontsos • Rangabé • Other poets • Drama • History • Theology • Philosophy • Law &c. • Fiction • Female authors • Archæology • Philology • Translations • Authorities