The Chronicle of Theophanes: Anni Mundi 6095-6305 (A.D. 602-813)
University of Pennsylvania Press, 1982 - History - 201 pages
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 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:
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.
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I enjoyed reading this book. It is an example of what was available to the earnest Byzantine hoping to write the history of his state. while Mr. Turtledove has committed a good many pot-boilers to the ... Read full review
Chronicle Of Theophanes. the most importend Chronik of Byzantine history especialy about the arabia, and 7th century