Michael Angold*, Michael Whitby

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Byzantine historiography, which is heavily indebted to the classical tradition stretching back to Herodotos and Thucydides in the fifth century BCE, continued to evolve over more than a millennium, demonstrating the vitality of the genre and the stimulus provided by its roots. Historiography was a branch of rhetoric in the classical world, with its texts displaying events of the past to an audience in an attractive manner. Wars, with their associated diplomacy, had always been a dominant subject of historiography. Two important Greek world chronicles survive from Late Antiquity, both extending from Adam to the present: one produced by John Malalas in Antioch and the other by John of Antioch in the early seventh century. Eusebios of Caesarea created a separate genre of ecclesiastical history, which was continued in the East by Gelasios. The classicizing historians of Byzantium produced some of the most distinguished Byzantine literature.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Oxford handbook of Byzantine Studies
EditorsElizabeth Jeffreys, John Haldon, Robin Cormack
PublisherSIPRI/Oxford University Press
ISBN (Print)9780191743528, 9780199252466
Publication statusPublished - 2008

Bibliographical note

Print publication 2008. Online publication 2012.


  • Byzantine literature
  • Byzantium
  • Eusebios of caesarea
  • Gelasios
  • Historiography
  • John malalas
  • John of antioch
  • Late antiquity
  • World chronicles

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Arts and Humanities


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