The History of Zonaras: From Alexander Severus to the Death by Thomas Banchich, Eugene Lane

By Thomas Banchich, Eugene Lane

While an exile from Constantinople, the twelfth-century Byzantine functionary and canonist John Zonaras culled previous chronicles and histories to compose an account of occasions from production to the reign of Alexius Comnenus. For themes where his resources are misplaced or seem in other places in additional truncated form, his testimony and the identity of the texts on which he relies are of severe significance.

For his account of the 1st centuries of the Principate, Zonaras hired now-lost parts of Cassius Dio. From the purpose the place Dio’s History ended, to the reign of Theodosius the nice (d. 395), he became to different resources to provide a uniquely complete old narrative of the serious years 235-395, making Books XII.15-XIII.19 of the Epitome imperative to the research of either past due Roman historical past and past due Roman and Byzantine historiography.

This key element of the Epitome, including Zonaras’ Prologue, right here seems to be in English for the 1st time, either complemented through a ancient and historiographical statement. a unique characteristic of the latter is a first-ever English translation of a large diversity of resources which light up Zonaras’ account and the historiographical traditions it displays. one of the authors whose newly translated works occupy a admired position within the statement are George Cedrenus, George the Monk, John of Antioch, Peter the Patrician, Symeon Magister, and Theodore Scutariotes. really expert indices facilitate using the translations and statement alike.

The result's a useful advisor and stimulus to extra examine for students and scholars of the historical past and historiography of Rome and Byzantium.

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A. Talbert (Princeton NJ: Princeton University Press, 2000). See, for example, Chronologies of the Ancient World, BNP, Supplement I, eds W. Eder and J. Renger, trans. and ed. W. Henkelman (Leiden and Boston MA: Brill, 2007), pp. 272–280, or Kienast, Römische Kaisertabelle. 19 1111 2 3 4 5111 6 7 8 9 10111 11 2 3111 4 5 6 7 8 9 20111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40111 1 21111 folio 1111 2 3111 4 5111 6 7 8 9 10111 11 2 3111 4 5 6 7 8 9 20111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40111 1 21111 folio EPITOME OF HISTORIES Collected and composed by the monk John Zonaras formerly Grand Commander of the Palace Watch and First Secretary of the Chancery 1111 2 3 4 5111 6 7 8 9 10111 11 2 3111 4 5 6 7 8 9 20111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40111 1 21111 folio 1111 2 3111 4 5111 6 7 8 9 10111 11 2 3111 4 5 6 7 8 9 20111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 30111 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 40111 1 21111 folio PROLOGUE 1 [3] On target one might, in mockery, say, “Diversion is of greater importance to you than work.

When the aforementioned archpriests had quit life, in Rome, in place of Flavianus, Cornelius became bishop, and in Antioch, in place of Babylas, Flavianus, and in Alexandria, Dionysius, and in Jerusalem, in place of Alexander, Mazabanes. 44 [586] At that time Origen was brought before the tyrannical tribunal on the grounds that he was revering Christ, but he did not attain a martyr’s death, I think because God did not judge him worthy of this because of the wretched fellow’s perversity with regard to orthodox doctrines.

Cf. Scut. pp. 18: [3] With regard to the present work, someone might perhaps accuse us of making our own narrative things which have been described often by many and which are, therefore, known nearly to all. And someone else, too, might say we are ostentatious and showy, reveling in the words of others as of our own, and, like the jackdaw of the tale, winning our own reputation by others’ wings. But I both steadfastly deny that I have made this narrative in ostentation and that I have any deep knowledge whatsoever with reference to its contents, and I grant to him who wishes to name whom he wishes the book’s father.

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