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Witnesses to a World CrisisHistorians and Histories of the Middle East in the Seventh Century$
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James Howard-Johnston

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199208593

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199208593.001.0001

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Later Historians: Nicephorus

Later Historians: Nicephorus

(p.237) 8 Later Historians: Nicephorus
Witnesses to a World Crisis

James Howard‐Johnston

Oxford University Press

Nicephorus, patriarch of Constantinople (806–15), is credited with the composition of a short, slight history of the period 602–769, written probably in the 770s and 780s, long before he entered the church. It is more of a literary exercise than a serious work of history. Nonetheless it retains considerable value because of the material transmitted from three anterior sources. Two of these are discussed at length—a second continuation of the largely lost History of John of Antioch, written in Constantinople in the 640s, and a politically charged account of Byzantine affairs in the late seventh and early eighth centuries. The material is sifted to reveal a fair amount of new and valuable information, which is, as usual, tabulated at the end of the chapter.

Keywords:   Nicephorus, John, Constantinople

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