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

Harry Turtledove, Editor and Translator

226 pages | 6 x 9
Paper 1982 | ISBN 978-0-8122-1128-3 | $26.50s | £17.50 | Add to cart
A volume in the Middle Ages Series

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.

Harry Turtledove has taught at the University of California, Los Angeles, and at California State University at Fullerton. He is a prolific novelist who has written historical fiction, fantasy, and science fiction.

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