Constantine Manasses

Konstantinos Manassis

Constantine Manasses (Konstantinos Manassis) (c. 1130 - c. 1187) was a Byzantine chronicler who flourished in the 12th century during the reign of Manuel I Comnenus (1143-1180). He was the author of a Chronicle or historical synopsis of events from the creation of the world to the end of the reign of Nicephorus Botaniates (1081), written by direction of Irene, the emperors sister-in-law. It consists of about 7000 lines in the so-called political metre. It obtained great popularity and appeared in a free prose translation; it was also translated into Slavonic. The poetical romance of the Loves of Aristander and Caliithea, also in political verse, is only known from the fragments preserved in the rose-garden of Macanus Chrysocephalus (14th century). Manasses also wrote a short biography of Oppian, and some descriptive pieces (all except one unpublished) on artistic and other subjects.

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