The History of Leo the Deacon: Byzantine Military Expansion by Alice-Mary Talbot, Denis F. Sullivan

By Alice-Mary Talbot, Denis F. Sullivan

Leo's firsthand event of the campaigns and courts of 2 Byzantine emperors presents bright descriptions of sieges, pitched battles, and ambushes. His account of the conspiracy opposed to Nikephoros II Phokas, murdered as he slept at the ground in entrance of his icons, is likely one of the such a lot dramatic in Byzantine narrative histories. Alice-Mary Talbot and Denis Sullivan, with the help of George T. Dennis and Stamatina McGrath, comprise an intensive advent and distinctive notes to steer the reader in the course of the complicated chronology, geography, and textual content of the historical past. additionally integrated are 5 maps, genealogical tables, and 4 indexes.

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Krumbacher, Geschichte der byzantinischen Litteratur von Justinian bis zum Ende des ostromischen Reiches (527-1453), 2nd ed. (Munich, 1897), 267-68. 88 On these see Kazhdan, "Polis," 358-59. , 1:1 "useful and profitable" (έπωφελές . . και λυσιτελές) and "strive after and emulate" (άσπάζεσθαι και ζήλουν). ,"troglodytes" ("they dwell in caves," τρώγλαις ... , paronomasia, βλυστάνουσα . . 1), and homoioteleuton, άφέξοιντο ... 23). Leo's similes tend to be brief and banal. Twelve are introduced by δίκην, and include "slaughtered like sheep," "missiles fell like hail," and "howling like wild animals"; those with ώς and ώσπερ are similar.

29 Again citing Agathias, Leo indicates that he will especially strive for the truth (περί πλείστου τό άληθίζειν ποιουμένοις ώς μάλιστα), which wise men agree is appropriate to history. 4) "possession forever" (κτήμα ές άεί). 31 In the final sentence of the fifth book Leo comments that he writes "so that deeds useful in life may not pass away into the depths of oblivion" (ώς άν μή λήθης βυθονς παραρρυη εργα βιωφελή), as he completes the 27 Cf. 6ff: δ γε λόγος ό της Ιστορίας ερυμα . . , χρόνω) γινόμενα πάντα .

4) "possession forever" (κτήμα ές άεί). 31 In the final sentence of the fifth book Leo comments that he writes "so that deeds useful in life may not pass away into the depths of oblivion" (ώς άν μή λήθης βυθονς παραρρυη εργα βιωφελή), as he completes the 27 Cf. 6ff: δ γε λόγος ό της Ιστορίας ερυμα . . , χρόνω) γινόμενα πάντα . . οϋκ έά διολισθαίνειν εις λήθτκ βυθούς. 28 He provides similar lists again at X:6 and 10, noting (X:6) that he witnessed them all. While his model, Agathias, also has a list of calamities, Leo is original in linking his list to "signs of the end of the world" found in the N e w Testament (Matthew 24; Mark 13).

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