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Michael Psellos: Chronographia

Michael_PsellosThe Chronographia (Greek: Χρονογραφία) by Michael Psellos is a history of the Byzantine Empire in the century from 976 CE by Michael Psellos, who was himself an active courtier and political advisor during the latter part of this period. His chief interest is in the character of individual rulers, which he considers in fourteen biographies of individual emperors and empresses, from Basil II 'The Bulgar-Slayer' to Michael VII Doukas.

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Free online texts

English translations

Documenta Catholica Omnia: Chronographia, translated by E.R.A. Sewter (1953). PDF format.

Fordham University Medieval History Sourcebook: Chronographia, translated by E.R.A. Sewter (1953). HTML format.

Greek texts

Internet Archive: The History of Psellus, edited by Constantine Sathas (1899). PDF, EPUB, DJVU, Kindle and other formats.

Other Resources

History of Philosophy Without Any Gaps: 307 - Consul of the Philosophers: Michael Psellos | 308 - Dominic O'Meara on Michael Psellos | 312 - Past Masters - Byzantine Historiography . Podcasts by Peter Adamson.

Wikipedia: Michael Psellos

The Great Conversation: Further reading at Tom's Learning Notes

Leo the Deacon: History - ends where the Chronographia begins.

Anna Comnena: Alexiad - uses the Chronographia as a source.

 

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