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Madrid Skylitzes
Depiction of Greek fire in the Madrid Skylitzes

The Madrid Skylitzes is a richly illustrated illuminated manuscript of the Synopsis of Histories (? ), by John Skylitzes, which covers the reigns of the Byzantine emperors from the death of Nicephorus I in 811 to the deposition of Michael VI in 1057. The manuscript was produced in Sicily in the 12th century, and is now at the Biblioteca Nacional de España in Madrid, with the shelfmark MS Graecus Vitr. 26-2. Others names for it include the Codex Græcus Matritensis Ioannis Skyllitzes, or Skyllitzes Matritensis.

Depiction of Boris I of Bulgaria baptism

Apart from the very fragmentary 6th-century Alexandrian World Chronicle, it is the only surviving illustrated manuscript of a Greek chronicle, and includes 574 miniatures.

Meeting between Emperor John Tzimiskes and Sviatoslav I of Kiev
Serbs massacre the Byzantines in the mountain passes

It is unclear whether these illustrations are copies of earlier Byzantine images or were newly created specifically for this copy.[]

Bibliography

  • Color facsimile edition by Militos (?) Publishers, ISBN 960-8460-16-6.
  • Vasiliki Tsamakda, The Illustrated Chronicle of Ioannes Skylitzes, Leiden 2002.
  • Bente Bjørnholt and J. Burke, eds. "The Cultures and Contexts of the Madrid Skylitzes" International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, 13 July 2004 (pub. 2005).

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