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 construction to the reign of Alexius Comnenus. For subject matters where his resources are misplaced or seem in different places in additional truncated form, his testimony and the id 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 historic narrative of the severe years 235-395, making Books XII.15-XIII.19 of the Epitome crucial to the learn of either past due Roman historical past and overdue Roman and Byzantine historiography.

This key component of the Epitome, including Zonaras’ Prologue, the following seems to be in English for the 1st time, either complemented through a old and historiographical remark. a different function of the latter is a first-ever English translation of a extensive diversity of resources which light up Zonaras’ account and the historiographical traditions it displays. one of the authors whose newly translated works occupy a well known position within the observation are George Cedrenus, George the Monk, John of Antioch, Peter the Patrician, Symeon Magister, and Theodore Scutariotes. really good indices facilitate using the translations and statement alike.

The result's a useful consultant and stimulus to extra learn for students and scholars of the background and historiography of Rome and Byzantium.

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