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CONSTANTINE MANASSES

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Originally appearing in Volume V17, Page 541 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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CONSTANTINE MANASSES  ,
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Byzantine chronicler, flourished in the 12th century during the reign of Manuel I . (
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Comnenus) (1143–1180) . He was the author of a Chronicle or
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historical synopsis of events from the creation of the
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world to the end of the reign of Nicephorus Botaniates (1o8r), written by direction of
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Irene, the emperor's
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sister-in-law . It consists of about 7000 lines in the so-called "
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political " metre) . There is little to be said of it, except that it is rather more poetical than the
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iambic chronicle of
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Ephraim (about 150 years later) . It obtained
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great popularity and appeared in a
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free
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prose
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translation; it was also translated into
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Slavonic . The poetical
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romance of the Loves of
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Aristander and Callithea, also in "political" verse, is only known from the fragments preserved in the `Po&wvia (rose-garden) of Macarius Chrysocephalus (14th century) . Manasses also wrote a short biography of Oppian, and some descriptive pieces (all except one unpublished) on
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artistic and other subjects .

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