9781137280855

The Middle Byzantine Historians

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  • ISBN13:

    9781137280855

  • ISBN10:

    1137280859

  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-11-22
  • Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

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Summary

The Middle Byzantine Historians, which continues the same author's Early Byzantine Historians, is the first book to analyze the lives and works of every significant Byzantine historian from the seventh to the thirteenth century. Written for general readers as well as professional scholars, it describes forty-three historians who usually knew their emperors personally. Besides obscure but intriguing figures like the exiled Sergius Confessor, father of the Patriarch Photius, and the embittered monk Nicetas the Paphlagonian, author of a Secret History that denounced Photius, the historians include the authors of three of the world's greatest histories: the courtier Michael Psellus, who depicts the flawed personalities of the fourteen emperors and empresses of his time, Princess Anna Comnena, who makes a spirited defense of her father Alexius I, and Nicetas Choniates, a provincial who rose to head the whole Byzantine bureaucracy and told the story of his empire's decline from great power to destruction by the Fourth Crusade.

Author Biography

Warren Treadgold is National Endowment for the Humanities Professor of Byzantine Studies at Saint Louis University, USA and author of many books and articles on Byzantine history and literature, including Byzantium and Its Army (1995), A History of the Byzantine State and Society (1997), A Concise History of Byzantium (2001), and The Early Byzantine Historians (2007).

Table of Contents

List of Maps
Preface
1. The Dark Age
2. George Syncellus and Theophanes Confessor
3. Theophanes' Successors
4. Historians under Leo the Wise
5. The Official Histories of Constantine Porphyrogenitus
6. Symeon the Logothete and Pseudo-Symeon
7. Historians of the Age of Expansion
8. Michael Psellus
9. Psellus' Contemporaries
10. Nicephorus Bryennius and Anna Comnena
11. Anna Comnena's Contemporaries
12. Nicetas Choniates
13. The Historians as a Group
Chronological Table of the Middle Byzantine Historians
List of English Translations of the Middle Byzantine Historians
Bibliography

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