Christian Historiography Between Empires, 4th-8th Centuries

November 15, 2022

The Department of Medieval Studies is pleased to announce a new publication co-edited by our faculty member István Perczel.

The contributors to this volume - specialists in Late Antique and Byzantine, Syriac, Georgian, Armenian, and Arabic studies - have investigated the construction of Christian historiographic traditions from the fourth to the eighth century at geographic, linguistic and disciplinary borders.

These chapters extend the study of Christian historiography beyond a narrow focus on the Roman and Byzantine empires and on the high literary genres practiced in the Constantinopolitan court, exploring beyond the Patristic era (2nd-5th centuries) to the transitory 6th century and into the period of early Islamic rule in the Levant, and showing the continuities as well as the innovations observable in Christian literature throughout the period.

This volume might be read as complementary to the first two volumes in the "Beyond the Fathers" series, entitled New Themes, New Styles in the Eastern Mediterranean: Christian, Jewish, and Islamic Encounters, 5th-8th Centuries, and Apocalypticism and Eschatology in Late Antiquity: Encounters in the Abrahamic Religions, 6th-8th Centuries. The fourth volume in the series, The Systematization of Knowledge in Late Antiquity: Catenae, Florilegiae and Related Collections, is forthcoming.