By Jeffrey Michael Featherstone, Juan Signes-Codoner
Taking up the place the the chronicle of the monk Theophanes leaves off, the compilation referred to as Theophanes Continuatus was initially commissioned through the emperor Constantine VII (912-959) and marked the revival, or reinvention, of the style of heritage in Byzantium, which additionally incorporated the fewer winning textual content of Genesios, who labored with an identical file of resources. A critical resource for the second one interval of Iconoclasm and the Amorian dynasty, the tendentious narrative of Books I-IV of Theophanes Continuatus was meant to justify the murderous accession of Basil I (867-886), grandfather of Constantine VII and founding father of the Macedonian dynasty, by means of providing the emperors who preceded Basil as merciless heretics (Leo V, Michael II, Theophilus) or profligates (Michael III). however the proof the following recorded and the usually playful use of Classical studying provide facts to the cautious reader that the revival of Byzantine army strength and tradition from the darkish Age of the 7th and 8th centuries won momentum less than those similar emperors. the current severe version of Books I-IV replaces that of 1838 by way of I. Bekker. observed by way of the 1st whole English translation and grammatical and old indexes, the paintings is meant for experts, scholars, and students in comparable fields.