1st Edition

(Re)writing History in Byzantium A Critical Study of Collections of Historical Excerpts

By Panagiotis Manafis Copyright 2020
    372 Pages
    by Routledge

    372 Pages
    by Routledge

    Scholars have recently begun to study collections of Byzantine historical excerpts as autonomous pieces of literature. This book focuses on a series of minor collections that have received little or no scholarly attention, including the Epitome of the Seventh Century, the Excerpta Anonymi (tenth century), the Excerpta Salmasiana (eighth to eleventh centuries), and the Excerpta Planudea (thirteenth century). Three aspects of these texts are analysed in detail: their method of redaction, their literary structure, and their cultural and political function. Combining codicological, literary, and political analyses, this study contributes to a better understanding of the intertwining of knowledge and power, and suggests that these collections of historical excerpts should be seen as a Byzantine way of rewriting history.

    The Open Access version of this book, available at https://www.taylorfrancis.com/books/9780429351020, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.


    Chapter 1. Greek Compilation Literature from Byzantium

    Chapter 2. Excerpta Anonymi

    Chapter 3. Excerpta Salamasiana

    Chapter 4. The Epitome of the 7th century

    Chapter 5. Excerpta Planudea

    Chapter 6. Collections of historical excerpts as a specific locus for (re)writing history

    Appendix I: Texts

    Appendix II: Tables



    Panagiotis Manafis is a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Birmingham, UK. His research interests include middle Byzantine literature, with a particular focus on the manuscript transmission of texts.