The Seventh Century in the West-Syrian Chronicles

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Liverpool University Press, 1993 - Historiography - 305 pages
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The Seventh Century in the West-Syrian Chronicles makes accessible to a wide public sources vital for the reconstruction of events in the first Islamic century, covering the period which ends with the unsuccessful Arab siege of Constantinople, an event which both modern historians and Syriac chronographers see as making a decisive caesura in history. The general introduction enables a newcomer to the field to establish his bearings before tackling the texts.

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About the author (1993)

Andrew Palmer read Classical Greats and wrote his D.Phil, thesis at Oxford, did research in Cambridge, Munich and Jerusalem and taught Byzantine Studies in Groningen. His first book, Monk and Mason on the Tigris Frontier: The Early History of Tur C Abdin (Cambridge, 1990) has been wellreviewed. Sebastian Brock inspired and supervised Andrew Palmer's researches on Tur C Abdin. He is Reader in Syriac Studies in the University of Oxford and the author of many books and articles on Syriac literature and other subjects. Robert Hoyland is the project's Islamicist; he read Arabic andIslamic History at Oxford, and his research interests lie in the Byzantine and early Islamic Near East.

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