The Chronicle of Pseudo-Zachariah Rhetor

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The Chronicle of Pseudo-Zachariah Rhetor

Church and War in Late Antiquity

Translated Texts for Historians, 55

2011

January 31st, 2011

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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.

… I would recommend this book very highly to those interested in Christian history or those who are wishing to investigate every nuance of the history of the Later Roman Empire, and I would like to put on record my thanks to LUP for making this volume available.

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... Greatrex et al. accomplish their purpose of making PZ's work more accessible to scholars and students, in no small part by distinguishing so carefully PZ's work from that of his namesake. The incredible level of detail and high standard of editing are characteristic of the Translated Texts for Historians (TTH) series more generally.

The Medieval Review 12.09.32

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Sebastian Brock is Professorial Fellow at Wolfson College, Oxford.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents
Section TitlePagePrice
LUP_Greatrex_PsZech_00_Prelims1
LUP_Greatrex_PsZech_01_Intro15
LUP_Greatrex_PsZech_02_Bk3107
LUP_Greatrex_PsZech_03_Bk4144
LUP_Greatrex_PsZech_04_Bk5186
LUP_Greatrex_PsZech_05_Bk6224
LUP_Greatrex_PsZech_06_Bk7241
LUP_Greatrex_PsZech_07_Bk8293
LUP_Greatrex_PsZech_08_Bk9327
LUP_Greatrex_PsZech_09_Bk10411
LUP_Greatrex_PsZech_10_Bk12439
LUP_Greatrex_PsZech_11_App1470
LUP_Greatrex_PsZech_12_App2473
LUP_Greatrex_PsZech_13_Glossary475
LUP_Greatrex_PsZech_14_Maps481
LUP_Greatrex_PsZech_15_Biblio490
LUP_Greatrex_PsZech_16_Index538