THE ANCIENT MOTIFS IN “THE HAGIOGRAPHY OF MARY MAGDALENE” OF JACOBUS DE VORAGINE

This article analyzes the ancient motifs in “The Hagiography of Mary Magdalene”, which is a part of a hagiographic collection “Th e Golden Legend”, written by Jacobus de Voragine in the middle of XIII century. The author of the article exposes the motifs and narrative elements that came into “The Hagiography” from the Greek novel of I–III century: a motif of separation of a married couple, a motif of persecution, a motif of travel and an associated with the latter motif of a sea storm, a motif of a supposed death, a motif of a providential dream, a narrative of abandoned and again found children, etc. Th e result of the comparative analysis of the motifs and narrative elements is the author’s conclusion that the plot scheme and the composition of one of the parts of “Th e Hagiography” are based on the canons, according to which the Greek love-story novel used to be written; the author also tries to identify the source they came from into the hagiographer’s work. Analyzing the combination of the motif of a sea travel and the motif of a supposed death of a character that was giving birth to a child on the ship, the author infers that this episode had possibly been borrowed from the anonymous author of the “The Tale of Apollonius of Tyre”.

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