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Synopsis of Histories by John Skylitze Biblioteca Nacional de España manuscript Graecus Vitr. 26-2 - Codex Græcus, Madrid, Spain covers the reigns of the Byzantine emperors from the death of Nicephorus I in 811 to the deposition of Michael IV in 1057
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Illustration from  Scylitzes Chronicle  f214  The Muslims besieging the Byzantine city of Messina.  The Muslims besieging the Byzantine city of Messina in Sicily which they captured in 842-3.  Scylitzes Chronicle

Illustration from Scylitzes Chronicle The Muslims besieging the Byzantine city of Messina. The Muslims besieging the Byzantine city of Messina in Sicily which they captured in Scylitzes Chronicle

Illustration from  Skylitzes Chronicle  f212v  The Arab plot against the Byzantine governor of Edressa.  The Arab plot against the Byzantine governor of Edressa. Arab warriors are hidden in the chests offered to the iban, but the plot resulted in the killing of 2000 Arab warriors in the chests.

Scylitzes Chronicle (Codex Græcus Matritensis) - Pictures of Byzantine & Arab Soldiers

Illustration from  Scylitzes Chronicle  f222  A Byzantine Dromond.  A detail depicting a Byzantine dromond with three banks of oars.  Scylitzes Chronicle

Skylitzes Chronicle (Codex Græcus Matritensis) - Byzantine dromond with three banks of oars

Illustration from  Scylitzes Chronicle  f217  The Bulgars besieging Thessaloniki.  The Bulgars are besieging Thessaloniki and their leader Deleanos receives a fellow commander in his tent. The tented camp of the Bulgar army can be seen to the right.  Scylitzes Chronicle

(upper) Skylitzes Chronicle (Codex Græcus Matritensis) - The Bulgars besieging Thessaloniki.

Argument between Leo V and Michael the Stammerer (Fol. 13r top)

Argument between Leo V and Michael the Stammerer (Fol.

Thomas the Slav flees to the Arabs (Fol. 30r)

Thomas the Slav flees to the Arabs (Fol.

The proclamation of Leo V (Fol. 12v)

Leo V the Armenian (Armenian: Levon Artsruni), reign: – A.

Illustration from  Scylitzes Chronicle  f217v  The final defeat of the Bulgars by Michael IV the Paphlagonian.  The final defeat of the Bulgars by Michael IV the Paphlagonian who is seated on his throne. The Bulgars put up a wooden palisade near Prilep which is seen here between the two groups of soldiers but the Byzantine forces broke it down.  Scylitzes Chronicle

(lower) Skylitzes Chronicle (Codex Græcus Matritensis) - The final defeat of the Bulgars by Michael IV the Paphlagonian

Illustration from  Scylitzes Chronicle  f217  The siege of Thessaloniki by the Bulgars  An episode of the siege of Thessaloniki by the Bulgars. Byzantine forces are making a sortie from the gates of the city putting the Bulgar horsemen to flight. Trumpeters on the walls signal the attack.  Scylitzes Chronicle

An episode of the siege of Thessaloniki by the Bulgars. Byzantine forces are making a sortie from the gates of the city putting the Bulgar horsemen to flight. Trumpeters on the walls signal the attack.

Illustration from  Skylitzes Chronicle  f213v  Maniakes is Denounced.  Denounced together with John, brother of the emperor, Maniakes is escorted by soldiers to Constantinople. His hands are chained.

Illustration from Skylitzes Chronicle Maniakes is Denounced. Denounced together with John, brother of the emperor, Maniakes is escorted by soldiers to Constantinople. His hands are chained.

Thomas the Slav flees to the Arabs (Fol. 30v)

Thomas the Slav flees to the Arabs (Fol.

Illustration from  Skylitzes Chronicle  f222v  Marriage and Coronation of Constantine IX Monomachus and Zoe.  Bottom. The official marriage and coronation of Constantine IX Monomachus and Zoe in the basilica of Basil I.

Illustration from Skylitzes Chronicle Marriage and Coronation of Constantine IX Monomachus and Zoe. The official marriage and coronation of Constantine IX Monomachus and Zoe in the basilica of Basil I.

Illustration from  Scylitzes Chronicle  f222v  Marriage and Coronation of Constantine IX Monomachus and Zoe.  Top. Zoe and Constantine cross the Bosphorous in an imperial boat to be received in front of a palace by two dignitaries.  Bottom. The official marriage and coronation of Constantine IX Monomachus and Zoe in the basilica of Basil I.   Scylitzes Chronicle

Zoe and Constantine cross the Bosphorous in an imperial boat to be received in front of a palace by two dignitaries.

Illustration from  Scylitzes Chronicle  f220v  The uprising of Constantinople against Michael Kalaphate.  The uprising of the people of Constantinople against Michael Kalaphate. At the left is the palace and the defenders of the king who fire arrows through the window at the crowd.  Scylitzes Chronicle

Skylitzes Chronicle (Codex Græcus Matritensis) - The uprising of Constantinople against Michael Kalaphate

Illustration from  Scylitzes Chronicle  f234v  A battle between Byzantines and Seljuks.  A battle between the cavalry of the Byzantines and the Seljuks.  Scylitzes Chronicle

Skylitzes Chronicle (Codex Græcus Matritensis) - A battle between Byzantines and Seljuks

Illustration from  Skylitzes Chronicle  f222v  Zoe and Constantine cross the Bosphorous.  Top. Zoe and Constantine cross the Bosphorous in an imperial boat to be received in front of a palace by two dignitaries.     Back to the smaller picture Previous      Next

Illustration from Skylitzes Chronicle Zoe and Constantine cross the Bosphorous. Zoe and Constantine cross the Bosphorous in an imperial boat to be received in front of a palace by two dignitaries. Back to the smaller picture Previous Next

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