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- DescriptionJohn 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 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 tes. It will be an essential and exciting addition to the libraries of all historians of the Byzantine age.
- Author BiographyJohn 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.
- Author(s)John Skylitzes,John Wortley
- PublisherCambridge University Press
- Date of Publication07/10/2010
- SubjectRegional History
- Place of PublicationCambridge
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintCambridge University Press
- Content Noteblack & white illustrations
- Weight940 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine33 mm
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