The Seventh Century in the West Syrian Chronicles by Andrew Palmer, Duncan F. Kennedy

By Andrew Palmer, Duncan F. Kennedy

The 7th Century within the West-Syrian Chronicles makes available to a large public assets important for the reconstruction of occasions within the first Islamic century, overlaying the interval which results with the unsuccessful Arab siege of Constantinople, an occasion which either smooth historians and Syriac chronographers see as creating a decisive caesura in heritage. the overall advent permits a newcomer to the sphere to set up his bearings sooner than tackling the texts.

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8. This is the so-called Liber calipharum, which is found attached to the end of the manuscript of text No. 2. It was translated from a lost Arabic original. One advantage of the method of presentation adopted in this book is that the survival of this group of texts strikes the reader as potentially significant for Syrian attitudes around 700. Was it only The last folio of the manuscript is a completeIy separate work, incorporated in the course of producing a new copy. The separation of these two texts and the presentation of the former as a much earlier work may momentarily disorientate those readers to whom the whole manuscript is more familiar under the name of Liber calipharum orChronicle of AD 724.

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