Syriac Historiographical Sources

Witold Witakowski

in Byzantines and Crusaders in Non-Greek Sources, 1025-1204

Published by British Academy

Published in print November 2007 | ISBN: 9780197263785
Published online February 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191734304 | DOI:

Series: Proceedings of the British Academy

Syriac Historiographical Sources

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This chapter discusses Syriac historiographical sources and three authors of historiographical works in Syriac. The first author discussed in the chapter is Michael the Elder, who is known to western scholars as Michael the Syrian, and is the author of the comprehensive Chronicle. The mystery author of the Chronicle to the Year 1234 is also discussed, followed by John Gregory Barebroyo. Barebroyo is the author of two historiographical works in Syriac, and is famous for his works covering nearly all the scholarly knowledge of the period.

Keywords: Syriac historiographical sources; historiographical works; Michael the Elder; Chronicle; 1234; John Gregory Barebroyo

Chapter.  13071 words. 

Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500)

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