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By Nigel G. Wilson

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Will be of use in most cases for people with Greek, as except short introductions there aren't any translations. statement in all fairness constrained to picking ancient occasions, rare phrases and usages, and citations of quotations or paraphrases.

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This publication is meant for college kids and students who would
like to benefit in regards to the Byzantine international from basic sources.
It has been designed quite often in the event you already be aware of some
classical Greek, yet i am hoping that it might additionally tempt medieval
historians and scholars of recent Greek literature to make
their first direct acquaintance with an surprisingly fascinating
period of history.
My item has been to choose from prose writers a number
of consultant extracts in order to supply a common picture
of Byzantine lifestyles and tradition. the one latest anthology
of this sort is a bit publication via G. Soyter, Byzantinische Ge-
schichtsschreiber, Heidelberg 1929, which turns out to me too
short and restricted in scope to be satisfactory.
In the choice right here provided to the reader the historians
claim the lion's proportion. that's in basic terms to be anticipated. Although
they ordinarily got to work with the slender objective of writing
military and political heritage, they accepted themselves
digressions from the most topic that are admirably suited
for inclusion the following. there's additionally little question that the historians
are the simplest writers of medieval Greece. in simple terms their works
can stand the try of being translated right into a smooth language
for the advantage of a much broader viewers than specialist scholars.
Of the opposite literary varieties the letter is healthier represented, and
throughout the interval it used to be practised with luck by means of school
masters, bishops, statesmen or even emperors.

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S: first in Plut. Tim. 27 ace. to LSJ. 16 6:pt61JE1Tat (~v) TOVTOtS would be expected. 21 Diod. Sic. 2. 32. 2. - The following anecdote is from Marcellinus, V ita Thucydidis 54. 24 ~S dfl: after this the construction suddenly changes so as to report the words directly. "OAovpe: in other sources the name seems always to be written Oloros. PHOTIUS 45 73 "AveyvwO'&r) ·H'A1oSwpov Al6lo1TlK6v. 1CX'TlK6v, e'Ae{CiC Kcxl y'AVKV'T,'Tl 1T'Aeov&~e1.

12 TE\ixos: 'volume'. lStooVy-ypaq>ov: 'devoted to this theme alone'; lexicis addendum. 38 METHOD lOS lleVa. ::mo'TE aVV l

A. Vasiliev, History of the Byzantine empire, Madison 1958, 214). It is usually supposed to have contained saltpetre, but J. R. Partington, A history of Greek fire and gunpowder, Cambridge 1960, 28-32, argued that it was 'a distilled petroleum fraction, combined with other specified ingredients, but not containing saltpetre'. 36 i\cDa<:ov: 'reservoir'. METHODIOS (d. 847) Hagiography began in the fourth century with Athanasius' life of St. Antony. A considerable proportion of Byzantine literature consists of the lives of saints, many of which were revised, elaborated or rewritten in the course of the centuries; notable in this context is the activity of Symeon Magister (tenth century), known as the Metaphrast because he recast many of the lives in a style more acceptable to the taste of his day.

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