IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 1314: The Historian Niketas Choniates

Wednesday 14 July 2004, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Department of Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies, King's College, University of London
Organiser:Judith E. Herrin, Department of Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies, King's College London
Moderator/Chair:Anthony A. M. Bryer, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, Department of Classics, Ancient History & Archaeology, University of Birmingham
Paper 1314-aNiketas Choniates, Historian of 1204
(Language: English)
Judith E. Herrin, Department of Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies, King's College London
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Crusades, Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Greek
Paper 1314-bBefore and after 1204: The Different Versions of Niketas Choniates' Historia
(Language: English)
Alicia Simpson, King's College London
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Greek
Paper 1314-cJohn V, Anne of Savoy, and an Imperial Training Programme Designed to Preserve a Dynasty
(Language: English)
John Christian Davis, University of Ioannina
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Greek
Abstract

Niketas Choniates is the most outstanding historian of Byzantium. His predecessors, Michael Psellos, Anna Komnene and others, manifest great qualities, but do not equal his originality and brilliance. His Historia, written in classicizing Greek, is the chief account of 1204 written from within Constantinople. The work has been preserved in two versions; the first written before 1204 was subject to a drastic revision, undertaken when Niketas was an impoverished refugee in the 1220s. This work in turn inspired Anna of Savoy to commission a vernacular version in demotic Greek, designed to strengthen the Palaiologan dynasty in the 14th century.