John Skylitzes’ extraordinary Middle Byzantine chronicle covers the reigns of the Byzantine emperors from the death of Nicephorus I in to the deposition of. Cambridge Core – European Studies – John Skylitzes: A Synopsis of Byzantine History, – – by John Wortley. John Skylitzes: A Synopsis of Byzantine History, – October

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Member feedback about Georgius Tzul: It presents the events largely from the view of the Macedonian dynasty, though with a skew less marked than the authors of Theophanes Continuatus, a collection of mostly anonymous chronicles meant to continue the work of Theophanes the Confessor.

A wonderful and much zkylitzes translation of an important source for middle Byzantine history.

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It was fought between a Bulgarian army led by Tsar Samuil, which in the previous year had penetrated south into Greece, and a Byzantine army under the command of general Nikephoros Ouranos.

Instead of learning about Basil II’s res gestae during his Balkan campaigns, one reads instead of the exploits of Xiphias and Theodorokan, Ouranos and Taronites, whose names leap out of the generic vocabulary and off the page.

Byzantine Empire Revolvy Brain revolvybrain. It has recently been suggested, by Catherine Holmes, that we can also detect a similar aristocratic bias in the Synopsis Historion. Roman of Bulgaria topic Roman Bulgarian: He lived and wrote towards the end of the eleventh century, probably in the early years of the reign of Alexios I Komnenos He had since been a Byzantine governor, until when he led an unsuccessful revolt that landed him in a prison at Constantinople.


The Chronicle’s content is known to us today from several surviving editions and codices that have been revised over the years and evince a slight degree of variation from each other. Life Very little is known about his life.

The subnotes are plentiful and full of essential informa- tion for the understanding of the events that are being described by Skylitzes.

Member feedback about Theophylact Botaneiates: The Battle of the Gulf of Corinth was a battle fought in c. A continuation to Skylitzes’ chronicle has survived, covering the years to AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. The description of the product was not very clear. Constantine Arianites topic Constantine Arianites Greek: Joseph Skylitzed topic Genesius Greek: Aleppo had long been a flashpoint between Byzantium and its Arab neighbours, with the Byzantines claiming a protectorate over the city.

A provisional translation of the entire Synopsis Historionproduced by John Wortley University of Manitoba, Marchhas now been superseded by his full translaton: Since this introduction was produced, and translations first produced and uploaded infull translations with introductions, extensive notes and commentaries have appeared in both French and English.

In addition to these emperors, Basil’s influential great-uncle, Basil Lekapenos, held power for several decades before he was overthrown in The Siege of Euripos modern Chalcis occurred in the mids, when an Abbasid fleet, led by the emir of Tarsos, Yazaman al-Khadim, laid siege to the city. Samuel survived the battle, but died two months later from a heart attack, reportedly br The decisive encounter occurred on July 29 with an attack in the rear by a force under the Byzantine general Nikephoros Xiphias, who had infiltrated the Bulgarian positions.


There, Kekaumenos, with the rank of protospatharios, commanded a contingent from the Armeniac Theme and led the successful defence of Messina against an Arab attack in The Rus’ force had been advancing through Thrace towards Constantinople when it was met by Skleros’ force.

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Member feedback about Varangians: The ensuing battle was a major defeat for the Bulgarians. Perhaps the best example is the story of George Maniakis Maniaceswhose last few years of life bear a strong resemblance to the plot of “Gladiator”: Member feedback about Theophilos emperor: Nikephoros Komnenos topic Nikephoros Komnenos Greek: Background In the s, two events, the beginning of the Muslim conquest of Sicily and the establishment of the Emirate of Crete, altered the balance of power between the Byzantine Empire and the Arabs in the Mediterranean.

Member feedback about Basil Argyros: Rurik’s relative Oleg conquered Kiev in and established the state of Kievan Rus’, which was later ruled by Rurik’s descendants. In its present state it begins with the mythical history of Egypt and ends with the expedition to Roman Africa under the tribune Marcianus, Justinian’s nephew, in his editor Thurn believes it originally ended with Justinian’s death[4] ; it is focused largely on Antioch and in the later books Const