The Chronicle of Constantine Manasses

Linda Yuretich

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ISBN: 9781786941510

Publication: October 31, 2018

Series: Translated Texts for Byzantinists 6

This book translates the mid-12th-century Synopsis Chronike by Constantine Manasses which was widely circulated. It extends to 1081, marking the end of Nikephoros Botaneiates' reign and the accession of Alexios I Komnenos. Commissioned by the Sevastokratorissa Irene, whose sponsorship likely determined its format in verse and subject matter, the chronicle begins with a dedicatory epigram and introduction lauding Irene for her largesse and love of learning. Manasses proceeds to relate a pastoral view of creation, biblical stories, a history of the peoples of the East, Alexander the Great's conquests and the subsequent Hellenistic empires. He then provides a non-Homeric view of the Trojan War and continues with Rome through the Principate and early empire until the reigns of Constantine I in the East and Theodosios II in the West. Manasses then focuses on the New Rome with a colorful treatment of its individual emperors. The chronicle attracted the attention of Emperor John Alexander for whom the Middle Bulgarian Synodal or Moscow manuscript was translated. This is the mid-14th-century copy taken into account here with deviations from the Greek contained in the footnotes. The so-called Middle Bulgarian Short Chronicle is interspersed in the appropriate places.

Linda Yuretich is an independent scholar who received a B.A. from New York University in classics and an M.A. from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a concentration in Slavic linguistics. She was also a fellow at the Ivan Dujchev Research Centre for Slavo-Byzantine Studies.

I. PREFACE
II. INTRODUCTION
A. Background
B. Manasses’ Synopsis Chronike
C. Content
D. Sources
E. Style
F. The Middle Bulgarian Translation
G. Historical Additions to the Middle Bulgarian Translation (The So-called Bulgarian Short Chronicle)
H. Conclusions

III. TRANSLATION
1. DEDICATORY EPIGRAM, MANASSES’ INTRODUCTION, THE CREATION, BIBLICAL AND NEAR EASTERN STORIES
2. THE TROJAN WAR
3. THE ROMAN PERIOD
4. THE BYZANTINE DYNASTIES

V. REFERENCES
VI. DIGNITIES
VII. INDEX

Format: Hardback

Size: 210 × 147 mm

288 Pages

Copyright: © 2018

ISBN: 9781786941510

Publication: October 31, 2018

Series: Translated Texts for Byzantinists 6

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