The Chronicle of Theophanes: Anni Mundi 6095-6305 (A.D. 602-813)

The most important illuminating source that survived from the two centuries termed the dark ages of Byzantium is the chronicle of the monk Theophanes d 817 or 818 In it Theophanes paints a vivid picture of the Empire s struggle in the seventh and eighth centuries both to withstand foreign invasions and to quell internal religious conflicts Theophanes s carefully devThe most important illuminating source that survived from the two centuries termed the dark ages of Byzantium is the chronicle of the monk Theophanes d 817 or 818 In it Theophanes paints a vivid picture of the Empire s struggle in the seventh and eighth centuries both to withstand foreign invasions and to quell internal religious conflicts Theophanes s carefully developed chronological scheme was mined extensively by later Byzantine and Western record keepers his chronicle was used as a source of information as well as a stylistic model It is the framework upon which all Byzantine chronology for this period must be based.Important topics covered by the Chronicle include The Empire s struggle to repel explosive Arab expansionism and the Bulgar invasion.The iconoclastic controversy, which caused civil war within Byzantium and led to schism between the churches of Constantinople and Rome.The development of the Byzantine thematic system, the administrative and social structure that would bring the Empire to the height of its power and prosperity.Almost all the sources used by Theophanes have perished, leaving his chronicle as the most important historical literature from this period Turledove s translation makes available in English this crucial primary text for the study of medieval Byzantine civilization.
The Chronicle of Theophanes Anni Mundi A D The most important illuminating source that survived from the two centuries termed the dark ages of Byzantium is the chronicle of the monk Theophanes d or In it Theophanes paints a vivid pictu

  • Title: The Chronicle of Theophanes: Anni Mundi 6095-6305 (A.D. 602-813)
  • Author: Theophanes the Confessor
  • ISBN: 9780812211283
  • Page: 246
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. Harry Turtledove has done a good job translating this snippet of Theophanes. The translation is crisp and most of the transliterations are well done. Occasionally some modern colloquialism sneaks in, but it is usually minor. Turtledove does an excellent job in rendering Greek wordplay and puns into English, and the fact that he cites it in the footnotes just goes to improve this edition.Nonetheless, this edition isn't perfect. The issue of length may lie with the publisher, as Penn Press has sim [...]

    2. I didn't add marginal comments towards the end. This book is primarily of interest as the original covering the period and the note on Mohammed is of especial interest, showing him to be a young man on the make who took over his wife's wealth and explained away his epilepsy as talking with an angel which she wanted to believe and like all 'believers' proselytised the lie to make it 'true'.

    3. Skimmed through the first half or so. Theophanes was a hamfisted editor. He has some interesting things to say about Islam though. Definitely a good source to understand how Islam was used as a sort of rhetorical weapon, first as a scourge against the Romans in the taking of Jerusalem because of Heraclius' adoption of Monothelitism and then later when it became the nibus of the infection that was iconoclasm. Has some interesting aspects, but obviously nothing Theophanes intended.

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