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Guide to Byzantine Historical Writing

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  • Date Published: June 2018
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  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781107039988

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  • This handy reference guide makes it easier to access and understand histories written in Greek between 600 and 1480 CE. Covering classicizing histories that continued ancient Greek traditions of historiography, sweeping, fast-paced 'chronicle' type histories, and dozens of idiosyncratic historical texts, it distills the results of complex, multi-lingual, specialist scholarship into clear explanations of the basic information needed to approach each medieval Greek history. It provides a sound basis for further research on each text by describing what we know about the time of composition, content covered by the history, authorship, extant manuscripts, previous editions and translations, and basic bibliography. Even-handed explanations of scholarly debates give readers the information they need to assess controversies independently. A comprehensive introduction orients students and non-specialists to the traditions and methods of Byzantine historical writing. It will prove an invaluable timesaver for Byzantinists and an essential entry point for classicists, western medievalists, and students.

    • Provides a comprehensive introduction to Byzantine traditions of historical writing
    • Contains a chapter on every overtly historical text written in Greek between 600 and 1480
    • Each chapter discusses the content, the time of composition, and the authorship of the history as well as its medieval manuscripts and published editions and translations, and provides a starting bibliography
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    Product details

    • Date Published: June 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781107039988
    • length: 332 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 156 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.59kg
    • contains: 2 tables
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Theophylakt Simokatta
    2. Paschal Chronicle
    3. George Synkellos
    4. Chronicle of Theophanes
    5. Patriarch Nikephoros
    6. Scriptor Incertus de Leo V
    7. Chronicle of 81
    8. Megas Chronographos
    9. George the Monk
    10. Peter of Alexandria
    11. Genesios
    12. Theophanes Continuatus
    13. Constantinian excerpts
    14. John Kaminiates
    15. Symeon the Logothete
    16. Leo the Deacon
    17. Chronicle of Monemvasia
    18. Chronicon Bruxellense
    19. Psellos
    20. John Xiphilinos
    21. Michael Attaleiates
    22. John Skylitzes and Scylitzes Continuatus
    23. George Kedrenos
    24. Nikephoros Bryennios
    25. Anna Komnene
    26. John Kinnamos
    27. John Zonaras
    28. Constantine Manasses
    29. Michael Glykas
    30. Eustathios of Thessaloniki
    31. Joel
    32. Niketas Choniates
    33. George Akropolites
    34. Theodore Skoutariotes
    35. George Pachymeres
    36. Nikephoros Gregoras
    37. Ephraim
    38. Constantine Akropolites the Grand Logothete
    39. Chronicle of Morea
    40. Nikephoros Kallistos Xanthopoulos
    41. John VI Kantakouzenos
    42. Michael Panaretos
    43. Chronicle of Ioannina
    44. Chronicle of Tocco
    45. John Kananos
    46. John Anagnostes
    47. Leontios Machairas
    48. Sylvester Syropoulos
    49. Doukas
    50. George Sphrantzes
    51. Michael Kritovoulos
    52. Laonikos Chalkokondyles
    Appendix 1
    Appendix 2.

  • Author

    Leonora Neville, University of Wisconsin, Madison
    Leonora Neville is an historian of Byzantine culture and society. Her work on Byzantine historical writing has dealt with how Byzantine authors interacted with classical models of history writing and culture, and tried to shape contemporary opinion by writing history. In Anna Komnene: The Life and Work of a Medieval Historian (2016), asking questions about what made history writing an activity for men helped Neville understand Komnene's self-presentation and manipulation of gender ideals in her Alexiad. In Heroes and Romans in Twelfth-Century Byzantium: 'The Material for History' of Nikephoros Bryennios (Cambridge, 2012), she explored how Bryennios appealed to cultural memories of ancient Roman masculinity to evaluate the protagonists in his history. Her research on Byzantine social history has led to various studies of power and coercion in Byzantine society including Authority in Byzantine Provincial Society: 950–1100 (Cambridge, 2004). She is Vilas Distinguished Achievement Professor and the John W. and Jeanne M. Rowe Professor of Byzantine History at the University of Wisconsin. She was the co-winner of the 2007 edition of the Prize in Memory of Nikolaos Panagiotakis. A passionate teacher, she has developed the first graduate class on teaching in the University of Wisconsin history department.

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