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Originality and function of formal structures in the chronicle of Michael the Great

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WELTECKE, Dorothea, 2000. Originality and function of formal structures in the chronicle of Michael the Great. In: Hugoye : Journal for Syriac Studies. 3(2), pp. 173-203

@article{Weltecke2000Origi-19418, title={Originality and function of formal structures in the chronicle of Michael the Great}, year={2000}, number={2}, volume={3}, journal={Hugoye : Journal for Syriac Studies}, pages={173--203}, author={Weltecke, Dorothea} }

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