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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, Byzantine chronicler, 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 (1o8r), written by direction of Irene, the emperor's sister-in-law. It consists of about 7000 lines in the so-called " political " metre). There is little to be said of it, except that it is rather more poetical than the iambic chronicle of Ephraim (about 150 years later). 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 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 Manasses also wrote a short biography of Oppian, and some descriptive pieces (all except one unpublished) on artistic and other subjects.
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