The Chronography of George Synkellos: A Byzantine Chronicle of Universal History from the Creation by William AdlerThe Chronography of George Synkellos: A Byzantine Chronicle of Universal History from the Creation by William Adler

The Chronography of George Synkellos: A Byzantine Chronicle of Universal History from the Creation

Translated byWilliam Adler, Paul Tuffin

Hardcover | August 22, 2002

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In the early ninth century, George Synkellos, a monk of Constantinople set out to compose (in Greek) a universal chronicle beginning with the creation of the universe. Synkellos' death prevented him from seeing this ambitious project through to completion, and it fell to a fellow monk,Theophanes Confessor, to complete the narrative from the reign of the emperor Dicoletian up until his own day. The purpose of the chronicle, as Synkellos states on several occasions, was to confirm the orthodox dating of the incarnation of Christ at the completion of the 5500th year from thecreation of the universe. In the course of demonstrating this point, Synkellos cites extensively from numerous histories and chronicles from Egypt and the Ancient Near East, some of which are unattested elsewhere. Since the author comments at length on his authorities and predecessors, his work isalso a rich resource of information about the origins and development of early Christian chronography. Despite its recognized importance, the chronicle has never been translated into a modern language. The English translation provided here, together with introduction and notes, promises to make thisinfluential and wide-ranging history more accessible to Byzantinists, students of ancient historiography,and specialists in biblical chronology, early Judaism, Egypt, and the Ancient Near East.
Paul Tuffin is Senior Lecturer in Classics, Adelaide University
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Title:The Chronography of George Synkellos: A Byzantine Chronicle of Universal History from the CreationFormat:HardcoverDimensions:728 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 1.65 inPublished:August 22, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionI. Synkellos and the Christian Chronographic TraditionII. Synkellos' Contribution to ChronographyIII. Modes of Chronological ArgumentationIV. Structure and Organization in the Christian Universal Chronicle from Eusebios to SynkellosV. Synkellos' Sources and OriginalityVI. Chronological Conventions: Eras and CyclesVII. Textual History and Greek Editions of SynkellosVIII. Synkellos' Chronicle in Scholarship since ScaligerIX. Previous TranslationsX. The Present Translation and its ConventionsThe Chronography of George SynkellosAppendix of Biblical NamesIndex of Subjects and NamesIndex of Textual Citations