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John Skylitzes: A Synopsis of Byzantine History, 811–1057
Translation and Notes

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John Wortley, Jean-Claude Cheynet, Bernard Flusin
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  • Date Published: February 2012
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781107404748

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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, cited constantly in modern scholarship, and has never before been available in English. 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.

    • First English translation of this crucial source for Byzantine history, with extensive notes
    • Translated by one of the foremost scholars of the period
    • Includes introductions by the original French translators, Jean-Claude Cheynot and Bernard Flusin
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    'As John Wortley indicates, this translation took many years to come to fruition. But it now has the potential to contribute very substantially to those reassessments of the political and cultural history of Byzantium in the tenth and eleventh centuries which are currently underway in a variety of scholarly contexts across Europe and North America.' Catherine Holmes, Early Medieval Europe

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    Product details

    • Date Published: February 2012
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781107404748
    • length: 526 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 30 mm
    • weight: 0.76kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of 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).

  • Author

    John Skylitzes


    John Wortley, University of Manitoba, Canada


    John Wortley, Jean-Claude Cheynet, Bernard Flusin

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