The Chronicle of Pseudo-Zachariah Rhetor

Church and War in Late Antiquity

Translated with commentary by Geoffrey Greatrex, with Robert Phenix and Cornelia Horn, and contributions by Sebastian P. Brock and Witold Witakowski

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ISBN: 9781846314940

Publication: December 23, 2010

Series: Translated Texts for Historians 55

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The Chronicle attributed to Zachariah of Mytilene is one of the most important sources for the history of the church from the Council of Chalcedon in 451 to the early years of the reign of Justinian (527-565). The author who compiled the work in Syriac in A.D. 568/9 drew extensively on the Ecclesiastical History of Zachariah the Rhetor, who later became bishop of Mytilene and ended up giving his name to the whole work. But Zachariah’s Ecclesiastical History, which forms books iii to vi of Pseudo-Zachariah’s work and covers the period from 451 to 491, is just one of a range of sources cited by this later compiler. For the period that follows, he turned to other well-informed sources, which cover both church and secular affairs. His reporting of the siege of Amida in 502-3 clearly derives from an eye-witness account, while for the reign of the Emperor Justinian he offers not only numerous documents, but also an independent narrative of the Persian war, as well as notices on the Nika riot and events in the West. This translation (of books iii-xii) is the first into a modern language since 1899 and is equipped with a detailed commentary and introduction, along with contributions by two eminent Syriac scholars, Sebastian Brock and Witold Witakowski.

Preface amd Acknowledgements Abbreviations A General overview B Zachariah of Mytilene (1) Life and career (2) Zachariah’s works (i) The Life of Isaiah and a Life of Peter the Iberian (ii) A Vita Paralii (iii) Ammonius or De mundi opificio (disputatio) (iv) The Ecclesiastical History (v) The Life of Severus (vi) Capita vii contra Manichaeos (vii) The Antirrhesis (Adversus Manichaeos) (3) Zachariah’s Ecclesiastical History (i) Introduction (ii) Composition and nature of the work (iii) Sources (iv) The relation between PZ and Zach.’s HE (v) Conclusion C Pseudo-Zachariah of Mytilene (1) Pseudo-Zachariah himself (2) The work of PZ (3) PZ’s sources (i) The Ecclesiastical History of Zachariah of Mytilene (ii) A chronicle (iii) Bishop lists (iv) Church historians (v) Written records of church councils (vi) Dossiers of correspondence (vii) Self-standing accounts (viii) An account of the reign of Anastasius (ix) A Justinianic source, covering books viii-x (x) An apocalyptic source (4) The transmission of PZ (5) PZ’s literary style and interests (R.P., C.H.) (6) The manuscript basis of PZ, editions, translations and research to date (W.W., revised by G.G.) (7) Conclusion D Historical Introduction E Text and translation F Analysis and partial translation of books i-ii (S.B., commentary revised by G.G.) Book iii Book iv Book v Book vi Book vii Book viii Book ix Book x Book xii Appendix 1 Works circulating in the early sixth century about the council of Chalcedon Appendix 2 Patriarchs, 440-570 Glossary Maps (1) Constantinople in the sixth century (2) Amida and its environs (3) The eastern frontier region (4) The Mesopotamian frontier (5) The Arabian peninsula (viii.3) (6) Monasteries of the eastern provinces (viii.5) (7) The Caucasus region (xii.7) (8) The Caucasus region (xii.7) Bibliography Indices (1) Biblical references (2) References to CPG/CPL (3) Persons and places mentioned in xii.7 (4) Persons and places

Format: Paperback

Size: 210 x 147 mm

562 Pages

ISBN: 9781846314940

Publication: December 23, 2010

Series: Translated Texts for Historians 55

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