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Basil II and the Testimony of John Skylitzes: Contexts

Catherine Homes

in Basil II and the Governance of Empire (976-1025)

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199279685
eISBN:
9780191707353
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279685.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter examines John Skylitzes' Synopsis Historion within the context of the late 11th-century period when the text was composed. It draws attention to the extent to which Skylitzes' ... More


Basil II and John Skylitzes: The Historian's Career and Working Methods

Catherine Homes

in Basil II and the Governance of Empire (976-1025)

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
September 2007
ISBN:
9780199279685
eISBN:
9780191707353
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199279685.003.0003
Subject:
Classical Studies, Asian and Middle Eastern History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter charts the existing modern scholarship on Skylitzes, while emphasizing the degree to which his history (the Synopsis Historion) is an under-studied text. It offers a summary of ... More


Unbiased Historian and Devoted Daughter

Leonora Neville

in Anna Komnene: The Life and Work of a Medieval Historian

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780190498177
eISBN:
9780190498191
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190498177.003.0004
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

In Anna Komnene’s case, the historical ideal of writing without favoritism or bias was at odds with the cultural ideal of a woman’s devotion to her parents. This chapter focuses on Anna’s handling of ... More


Crying like a Woman and Writing like a Man

Leonora Neville

in Anna Komnene: The Life and Work of a Medieval Historian

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780190498177
eISBN:
9780190498191
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190498177.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

This chapter addresses those moments of the Alexiad when Anna Komnene switches from writing in a dispassionate, masculine historian’s voice to a highly feminized voice of pathos-laden lamentation, ... More


Anna Komnene: The Life and Work of a Medieval Historian

Leonora Neville

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
September 2016
ISBN:
9780190498177
eISBN:
9780190498191
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190498177.001.0001
Subject:
Classical Studies, European History: BCE to 500CE

The authorial persona constructed by Anna Komnene in her Alexiad (a history of her father the Byzantine Emperor, Alexios Komnenos, 1081–1118) responded to the challenges Byzantine culture created for ... More


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