Ioannis Cantacuzeni Eximperatoris historiarum Libri IV: Volume 1

Ioannis Cantacuzeni Eximperatoris historiarum Libri IV: Volume 1 : Graece et Latine

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This three-volume work of Byzantine history by the ex-Emperor John VI Cantacuzene was edited, together with a Latin translation by the Jesuit scholar, Pontanus (1542-1626), by Ludwig Schopen (1799-1867), and published between 1828 and 1832. It covers part of the same period as the works by George Pachymeres and Nicephorus Gregoras (also reissued in this series) and the three accounts can usefully be compared. John Cantacuzene (c. 1292-1383) was unusual among Byzantine emperors in that he appears to have been reluctant to take the throne, and also in that, having been deposed in 1354, he was allowed to retire to a monastery, where he wrote this account of his times. The historian Edward Gibbon, among others, noted the self-justificatory tone of his memoir. Volume 1 includes the life of John by Pontanus, and covers the period from 1321 to the death of Andronikos III in more

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  • Electronic book text
  • Cambridge University Press (Virtual Publishing)
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Greek, Ancient (to 1453)
  • 1139175521
  • 9781139175524

Table of contents

Iacobi Pontani praefatio; Iacobi Pontani vita Cantacuzeni; Iacobi Pontani explanatio dignitatum; Periocha libri i; Cantacuzeni praefatio; Cantacuzeni historarium libri more