Open Access Senior Thesis
Bachelor of Arts
© 2012 Jordan Lippert
Spanning the first seven centuries of Christianity, this paper explores how Eastern Christian and Byzantine hymn chant was developed alongside pagan and Jewish worship traditions around the Near East. Comparison of hymns by Christian composers such as St. Romanos the Melodist and pagan poetry reveals many similarities in the types of metaphorical imagery used in both religious expressions. Common in Christian hymn texts, well-known metaphors, like the “Light of God,” are juxtaposed with pagan mythological gods, such as Apollo and Helios. This paper attempts to explain how and why Christians appropriated and adopted ancient pagan imagery into the burgeoning musical tradition of Christian hymn singing.
Lippert, Jordan, "From Profane to Divine: The Hegemonic Appropriation of Pagan Imagery into Eastern Christian Hymnody" (2012). Scripps Senior Theses. 151.