It has a football and a basketball team. As the club did not have access to a suitable stadium, the football team was not able to play in an official league of the Cyprus Football Federation until , when it joined the second division. The team was promoted to the first division after the —70 season. The club had a great following and was ranked within the strongest clubs in Cyprus before the Turkish invasion of Cyprus and occupation of the city of Morphou in Following the Turkish invasion, the team was displaced to the southern part of the island, where they currently play in exile.
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No fewer than six manuscripts have been found dedicated to stories about him. While the form or forms in which it has survived is not the product of oral composition, it has nevertheless retained a considerable number of features of its oral origins.
The common core of the two versions preserved in the E and G manuscripts goes back to the twelfth century. The text of E appears to be closer to the original composition while G represents a version that is heavily marked by learned reworking. Both texts give enchanting descriptions of the life of the martial societies of the border regions of the empire, while in the figure of Digenes are concentrated the legends that had accumulated around local heroes. The Escorial version is the superior of the two in respect of the power and immediacy of the battle scenes and austerity of style.
The epic descriptions of the mounted knights and battles are marked by drama, a swift pace and lively visual detail.
Storyline The Byzantine-Arab conflicts that lasted from the 7th century to the early 11th century provide the context for Byzantine heroic poetry written in the vernacular Greek language. The Akritai of the Byzantine Empire of this period were a military class responsible for safeguarding the frontier regions of the imperial territory from external enemies and freebooting adventurers who operated on the fringes of the empire.
The work comprises two parts. In the first, the "Lay of the Emir", which bears more obviously the characteristics of epic poetry, an Arab emir invades Cappadocia and carries off the daughter of a Byzantine general.
The issue of their union is a son, Digenes Akrites. The second part of the work relates the development of the young hero and his superhuman feats of bravery and strength. He also tears a hind in half with his bare hands, and also slays a lion in the same manner. No one, not even the amazingly strong female warrior Maximu, with whom he commits the sin of adultery , can match him. Having defeated all his enemies Digenes builds a luxurious palace by the Euphrates , where he ends his days peacefully.
Cypriot legend has it that he grabbed hold of the Pentadaktylos "Five Fingers" mountain range in occupied Cyprus in order to leap to Asia Minor present-day Turkey.
The mountain range, as the name suggests, resembles five knuckles sprouting from the ground. The Digenis continued to be read and enjoyed in later centuries, as the text survives in various versions dating to as late as the 17th century. The epic tale of Digenes Akrites corresponds in many ways to a cycle of much shorter Acritic songs , from especially Asia Minor, Cyprus and Crete , some of which survived till today.
Thanatos had reportedly already wrestled with Heracles. The Greek-Canadian composer Christos Hatzis has used this text as the basis for a portion of his "Constantinople". Form The Digenes Akrites is written in early Demotic Greek and is composed in fifteen syllable blank verse.
Rhyming occurs rarely. The poem does not diverge from the standard political verse of popular Byzantine literature. Each line holds its own and every hemistich is carefully balanced. The poem flows, is cadential, with no cacophonies with very scarce sound repetitions. Below is an excerpt from the translation of the Escorial manuscript, lines , by E. Jeffreys pp.
Digenis Akritas Morphou FC
Words Heard and Words Seen 2. Homer as an Oral-Traditional Poet 6. Beowulf and Odysseus 8. Interlocking Mythic Patterns in Beowulf 9. The Influence of a Fixed Text Central Asiatic and Balkan Epic Bibliography I have here set down my comments on three of these points.
Manuscript[ edit ] The Digenes Akrites is an extensive narrative text, although it is not in a pure epic-heroic style. No fewer than six manuscripts have been found dedicated to stories about him. While the form or forms in which it has survived is not the product of oral composition, it has nevertheless retained a considerable number of features of its oral origins. The common core of the two versions preserved in the E and G manuscripts goes back to the twelfth century. The text of E appears to be closer to the original composition while G represents a version that is heavily marked by learned reworking.