Theophilus of Edessa's Chronicle and the Circulation of Historical Knowledge in Late Antiquity and Early Islam
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Theophilus of Edessa's Chronicle and the Circulation of Historical Knowledge in Late Antiquity and Early Islam

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A reconstruction of the lost chronicle of Theophilus of Edessa (d.785). Covering 590-760, it describes such world-changing events as the last great war of antiquity between Byzantium and Iran, the Arab conquests, the establishment of a Muslim empire, and the revolution that saw the capital of this empire shift from Damascus to Baghdad.
Preface and Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations Introduction Translation of Theophilus of Edessa's Chronicle Appendix 1: Unique Notices in Theophanes about Affairs in Syria and Palestine Appendix 2: The Common Source of Theophilus' Chronicle and Chron 819 Appendix 3: The Missing Sections of Agapius from Ms Laurenziana Or 323 Gazetteer Maps 1. The Near East in Late Antiquity 2. Provinces of the Early Islamic Middle East 3. Syro-Mesopotamia in the Sixth-Eighth Centuries Figures 1. Transmission to and from Theophilus of Edessa 2. The Tribe of Quraysh 3. The Umayyad Caliphs Bibliography Index
Theophilus of Edessa was a Greek astrologer and scholar in the court of the Muslim caliphs in the eighth century. Making use of his fluency in Greek, Syriac, and Arabic, he brought together historical sources from each language to comprise a single chronicle that charted world-changing events in the Near East from 590-750 CE, among them the Arab conquests, the rise to power of a Muslim Arab dynasty, and the last great war of antiquity, between Byzantium and Iran. Though no longer extant, Theophilus's work is known from extensive citations by later historians, and Robert Hoyland has here collected and translated these citations to present the scope of the original text. Included are translations of four chronicles, several of which are being made available here for the first time to the English-language reader.