«Не надевай маску друга, но суди беспристрастно»: агиографические труды Константина Акрополита в его переписке
Constantine Acropolites, a prolific early Palaeologan hagiographer, authored 29 encomia (28 of them metaphraseis). The paper takes a closer look at Acropolites’ letters in which he mentions his hagiographic oeuvre. These letters — mostly cover-letters accompanying Acropolites’ texts sent to his addressees — shed light on Acropolites’ authorial self-consciousness. The impetuses for composing encomia (commission, own initiative, friend’s or teacher’s request), the style and rhetorical topoi of the letters addressed to different categories of Acropolites’ acquaintances, as well as stages of hagiographic reworking as presented in Acropolites’ letter-collection are analyzed.