Digenes Akritas  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Digenes Akrites (Template:Lang-el, Template:IPA-all), known in folksongs as Digenes Akritas (Template:Polytonic, Template:IPA), is the most famous of the Acritic Songs. The epic details the life of its eponymous hero, Digenes, a man, as his name ("of two races") signifies, of mixed Roman (Byzantine) and Syrian blood. The first part of the epic details the lives of his parents, how they met, and how his father, an Emir, converted to Christianity after abducting and marrying Digenes' mother. The remainder of the epic discusses, often from a first-person point of view, Digenes' acts of heroism on the Byzantine border.

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