Tuesday, November 01, 2016
Citations for hagiography
The characters who populate the Folk Tales … are both peasants, sketched from real life at Yasnaya Polyana, and reflections on the image of medieval saints as passed down in popular hagiography.
Written for young people and adults, it is a hagiography of sorts, offering profiles of Americans who, Hentoff believes, embody the constitutional ideals expressed in the Bill of Rights.
Origin of hagiography
Hagiography looks as if it should come from Latin hagiographia from Greek hagiographía, but the word does not exist in Latin or Greek. It is formed from the Greek adjective hágios "holy, sacred" and the combining form -graphy, from the verb graphein "to write." It entered English in the early 1800s.