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10th century. Byzantium. Pseudo-Symeon is an anonymous universal chronicle apparently based on Symeon Magistros & Logothete. The text runs from Creation to 963, but often it is sparser than its model. For the years to 812, sources include Theophanes Confessor and Georgios monachos. Thereafter the author obviously made use of the so-called Scriptor Incertus de Leone Armenio and of Ioseph Genesios, but he also has some information, for example on the character of emperor Leo V (813-20) or on building activities at Constantinople, which we do not get from other sources, as Markopoulos has…

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Hoffmann, Lars Martin, “Pseudo-Symeon”, in: Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle, Edited by: Graeme Dunphy, Cristian Bratu. Consulted online on 15 October 2018 <>
First published online: 2016

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