John Skylitzes: a Synopsis of Byzantine History, 811-1057: Translation and Notes

John Skylitzes: a Synopsis of Byzantine History, 811-1057: Translation and Notes

By: John Skylitzes (author), John Wortley (author)Hardback

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John Skylitzes' extraordinary Middle Byzantine chronicle covers the reigns of the Byzantine emperors from the death of Nicephorus I in 811 to the deposition of Michael VI in 1057, and provides the only surviving continuous narrative of the late tenth and early eleventh centuries. A high official living in the late eleventh century, Skylitzes used a number of existing Greek histories (some of them no longer extant) to create a digest of the previous three centuries. It is without question the major historical source for the period and is cited constantly in modern scholarship. This edition features introductions by Jean-Claude Cheynet and Bernard Flusin, along with extensive notes. It will be an essential and exciting addition to the libraries of all historians of the Byzantine age.

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John Skylitzes lived and wrote towards the end of the eleventh century AD. He was a kouropalates (official in charge of running the palace) and a former commander of the elite Vigla regiment. His major work is the Synopsis of Byzantine History. There is also a continuation of this work, known as Skylitzes Continuatus, covering 1057-1079, which some historians believe was also written by Skylitzes.

Contents

Introduction. John Skylitzes, the author and his family Jean-Claude Cheynet; Re-writing history: John Skylitzes's Synopsis historion Bernard Flusin; 1. Michael I Rangabe The Kouropalates (811-13); 2. Leo V The Armenian (813-20); 3. Michael II The Stammerer (820-9); 4. Theophilos (829-42); 5. Michael III The Son Of Theophilos (The Drunkard) (842-67), and his mother Theodora (842-62); 6. Basil I Kephalas The Macedonian (867-86); 7. Leo VI The Philosopher (The Wise) (886-912); 8. Alexander (912-13); 9. Constantine VII Porphyrogennetos (913-59) bis; 10. Romanos I Lekapenos (919-44); 11. Constantine VII (944-59); 12. Romanos II The Younger (959-63); 13. Basil II and Constantine VIII (976-1025); 14. Nikephoros II Phokas (963-69); 15. John I Tzimiskes (969-76); 16. Basil II and Constantine VIII bis (976-1025); 17. Constantine VIII (1025-8); 18. Romanos III Argyros (1028-34); 19. Michael IV The Paphlagonian (1034-41); 20. Michael V The Caulker / Kalaphates (1041-2); 21. Constantine IX Monomachos (1042-55); 22. Theodora (1055-6); 23. Michael VI The Elder / Stratiotikos (1056-7).

Product Details

  • publication date: 07/10/2010
  • ISBN13: 9780521767057
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 526
  • ID: 9780521767057
  • weight: 940
  • ISBN10: 0521767059

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