(Re)writing History in Byzantium: A Critical Study of Collections of Historical Excerpts, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

(Re)writing History in Byzantium

A Critical Study of Collections of Historical Excerpts, 1st Edition

By Panagiotis Manafis


384 pages

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Hardback: 9780367367305
pub: 2020-06-08
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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 re-writing history.

Table of Contents


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


About the Author

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.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Byzantine Studies

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General