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The Beginning of Byzantine Chronography: John Malalas

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The chronicle of John Malalas, written in the course of the sixth century, is the earliest extant example of a Byzantine world chronicle. This is a genre which, combining secular and biblical history, presents a Christian account of world history from creation to the author's own day. This chapter focuses on features from the chronicle as a whole that can be isolated and attributed to sources of different types. This was the approach taken in the most recent study on Malalas and his sources. The two previous major discussions of Malalas' sources, by Bourrier and von Stauffenberg were more concerned to isolate major portions of the text that could be attributed as blocks to Malalas' predecessors, thus reducing Malalas' own role in the composition of the chronicle and denying that the selection of material was an expression of his own interests.

Keywords: biblical history; Bourrier; Byzantine chronography; Christian; John Malalas; von Stauffenberg



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