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Synopsis of Histories

PostPosted: 11 Mar 2013 08:03
by Ulrich von L...n
"The Madrid Skylitzes is a richly illustrated illuminated manuscript of the Synopsis of Histories (Σύνοψις Ἱστοριῶν), by John Skylitzes, which covers the reigns of the Byzantine emperors from the death of Nicephorus I in 811 to the deposition of Michael IV in 1057. The manuscript was produced in Sicily in the 12th century, and is now at the Biblioteca Nacional de España in Madrid, with the shelfmark MS Graecus Vitr. 26-2; it widely known as the Madrid Skylitzes, Codex Græcus Matritensis Ioannis Skyllitzes, or Skyllitzes Matritensis.

It is the only surviving illustrated manuscript of a Greek chronicle, and includes 574 miniatures. It is unclear whether these illustrations are copies of earlier Byzantine images or were newly created specifically for this copy."

John Skylitzes (~1040 - after 1101)

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PostPosted: 11 Mar 2013 08:15
by Ulrich von L...n

Tsar Simeon (Simeon I of Bulgaria (864-927)), pursued by the Hungarians, taking shelter in the stronghold of Drustra, miniature, Skyllitzes Matritensis, fol. 108v,

PostPosted: 18 Mar 2013 09:08
by Ulrich von L...n
Just an interesting fact:
In Byzantine sources, the Magyars (Hungarians) are referred to as Οΰγγροι /Ungroi/, Τουρκοι /Turkoi/ (e.g., by the Emperor Leo the Wise).

This word - Τουρκοι - can be clearly seen above the heads of pursuers.