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The Chronicle of Hydatius and the Consularia Constantinopolitana : Two Contemporary Accounts of the Final Years of the Roman Empire - R. W. Burgess

The Chronicle of Hydatius and the Consularia Constantinopolitana

Two Contemporary Accounts of the Final Years of the Roman Empire

Hardcover Published: 23rd September 1993
ISBN: 9780198147879
Number Of Pages: 284

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This book contains new critical editions of two early and important examples of the most popular late Roman historical genres. The first, the "Chronicle" of Hydatius, is an account of the beginning of the collapse of the Roman Empire and the end of the world under the twin pressures of barbarian invasion and heresy between AD 378 and AD 468/9, written by a Spanish bishop who lived in the first independent barbarian state established within the Empire. The second, the "Consularia Constantinopolitana", is a complex document of differing dates and hands which originated as a list of consuls from 509 BC, and which was continued down to AD 468 with the addition of many detailed historical entries. They provide an indispensable contemporary account of the fourth century AD. These editions, based on the first ever examination of all surviving manuscripts, are provided with introductions and appendices, and include the first English translation of Hydatius.

'This is a more important book than most editions of well-known ancient texts ... there can be no doubt that this book presents the two texts in a far more reliable form than we have had, with a translation for which both students and their teachers will be grateful, and that it also makes a major contribution to our understanding of late Roman chronicles.'R.A. Markus, Ecclesiastical History, Volume 45, No. 4 - 1994 '... a book for the specialist ... makes more exciting reading than a consular list stretching from 509 B.C. to A.D. 468.' Greece and Rome `E.A. Thompson's call ( in Nottingham Mediaeval Studies, 1979) for an 'authoritative' edition of the Chronicle is here handsomely answered. A thorough and rigorous examination of the manuscript tradition, as well as meticulous analysis of the various chronological systems which governed the organisation of the material has exposed error and confusion in Mommsen's presentation of the text. Burgess has gone to immense trouble to present his text designed to reproduce on the page as far as possible the structure of the original Chronicle... Burgess's work will surely rank as a model of Latin scholarship.' Early Medieval Europe `Burgess's main purpose here, splendidly achieved, is to furnish a new edition of Hydatius' text based on a meticulous examination of the dauntingly complex manuscript tradition, a much-needed exercise. The edition is accompanied by a valuable translation, the first in English. This is a remarkable book by a gifted scholar, and we eagerly await the further editions and commentaries that he promises us.' C.E.V. Nixon, Macquarie University, N.S.W., Phoenix 49.3 (1995) `a valuable addition ... also presents valuable insights into early medieval historiographic manuscript compilation ... B.'s reviewing of knowable facts about Hydatius and the composition of his Chronicle is valuable ... The text itself is excellent. Altogether this new presentation of the text impresses the reader with Hydatius' care as a chronographer. B.'s working displays skilful scholarship and exhaustive diligence, distilled into a volume which will be much appreciated by all users, and advancing the study not only of the two texts involved but more generally of late antique historiography.' Andrew Gillett, Macquarie University, Journal of Roman Studies

List of Illustrations
Abbreviations
Hydatii Limici Chronica Subdita
Introduction
Hydatius and his Chroniclep. 3
Manuscripts and Editionsp. 11
Chronologyp. 27
Lacunae, Fragments, and Interpolationsp. 47
Presentation of the Textp. 59
Previous Editions of Hydatius from MS Bp. 65
Siglap. 67
Text and Translationp. 69
App. 1. Notes to the Apparatus Criticusp. 125
App. 2. Chronological Tablesp. 134
App. 3. Orthographyp. 143
App. 4. Texts of F, H, Alc, M, G, and IPp. 154
The Consularia Constantinopolitana
Introduction
Prolegomenap. 175
Analysis of the Pre-389 Materialp. 187
Hydatius and the Consulariap. 199
Analysis of the Post-388 Materialp. 203
Presentation of the Textp. 210
Previous Editions of the Consulariap. 211
Siglap. 213
Textp. 215
Bibliographyp. 247
Index verborum ad Hydatii Chronicap. 253
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ISBN: 9780198147879
ISBN-10: 0198147872
Series: Oxford Classical Monographs
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 23rd September 1993
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.51  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.64