Niketas Choniates: A Historiographical Study

Hardcover | October 23, 2013

byAlicia Simpson

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Niketas Choniates' History is the single most important source for a crucial period in Byzantine history, which began with the death of Alexios I Komnenos in 1118 and culminated with the capture of Constantinople by the armies of the Fourth Crusade in 1204. In this first book-length study of the History in English, Simpson reviews the complex manuscript tradition and transmission of the text, and examines the substantial differences in style, content, and purpose between the two main versions in which it has been preserved. Investigating issues relatedto historical narrative and imperial biography, including genre and characteristic features, narrative structure, and character depiction, the volume also explores the sources from which Niketas Choniates compiled his account and the literary models and historical concepts which guided him. Itemphasizes his literary mimesis of earlier writers, his creative and often innovative use of rhetorical forms and techniques, and his historical methodology and outlook. Finally, the book delves into the author's world in order to uncover his personal prejudices and preoccupations, and takes intoaccount his other works, namely the orations and letters as well as the theological treatise, the Dogmatike Panoplia.

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Niketas Choniates' History is the single most important source for a crucial period in Byzantine history, which began with the death of Alexios I Komnenos in 1118 and culminated with the capture of Constantinople by the armies of the Fourth Crusade in 1204. In this first book-length study of the History in English, Simpson reviews the...

Alicia Simpson is currently a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute of Historical Research of the National Hellenic Research Foundation in Athens. Her research interests lie in the political, social, and cultural history of the Byzantine Empire in the tenth through twelfth centuries.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:416 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:October 23, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199670714

ISBN - 13:9780199670710

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Preface and AcknowledgementsNote on Citation and TransliterationAbbreviations and Short TitleIntroduction1. The Author, his Life, and Works2. The Composition and Transmission of the History3. Historical Narrative and Imperial Biography4. Sources, Models, and ConceptsConclusionAppendix I: The Manuscripts of the HistoryAppendix II: The Events of the HistoryAppendix III: Niketas on the Latins, the Turks, and the Vlachs-BulgarsGenealogical tables:Table 1: Selected Genealogy of the KomnenoiTable 2: Selected Genealogy of the AngeloiMaps:Map 1: The Balkans in the Twelfth CenturyMap 2: Asia Minor in the Twelfth CenturyBibliographyIndex