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Ptochoprodromus, "Poor Prodromus" (s) (noun) (no plural form)
Theodore Prodromus, (died c. 1166), was a Byzantine writer, well known for his prose and poetry, some of which was in the vernacular.

Ptochoprodromus wrote many pieces for a widespread circle of patrons at the imperial court. Some of his creations that have emerged present the figure of an author in reduced circumstances, with a marked propensity for begging, and who was in close touch with the ruling court circles during the reigns of John II (1118–43) and Manuel I (1143–80).

Prodromus' writings, which were often produced on the occasion of some public event, provide historians with information about many aspects of contemporary history; both at home and abroad, including details about the genealogy of individual personalities, and on everyday social and economic life.

There was a strongly satirical element in his works, which ranged from epigrams and dialogues to letters and occasional pieces in both prose and verse. He had a strong sense of humor, and his comments are said to be shrewd and pithy.

—Compiled from "Ptochoprodromus", or "Prodromus, Theodore";
Encyclopaedia Britannica; Volume 18; William Benton, Publisher;
Chicago; 1968; page 589.
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