Book Series Studi e testi tardoantichi, vol. 19

Studies in Theodore Anagnostes

Rafał Kosiński, Adrian Szopa (eds)

  • Pages: 320 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Illustrations:4 b/w, 3 col., 11 tables b/w.
  • Language(s):English, French, German
  • Publication Year:2022

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-59257-2
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A collection of studies offering a new appraisal of this early-sixth-century ‘lector’ and his historiographical project


Rafał Kosiński is an associate professor at the University of Bialystok. He is a historian, specialist in Late Antique historiography and history of the Church.

Adrian Szopa is an assistant professor at the Pedagogical University of Cracow. He is a historian and classical philologist, focusing on barbarians in the Late Roman Empire, Late Roman literature and Church History.


In spite of its importance, Theodore Anagnostes’ Church History has attracted only little scholarly attention so far. To a large extent, we still rely on the assertions of philologists and historians from around the turn of the 19th to the 20th centuries, and the authoritative edition of the text is still the one published by C. G. Hansen in 1971, which for the most part remained unchanged in its 1995 reissue. The studies collected in this volume aim to fill this gap in the literature and to answer three main questions: (1) How can Theodore’s working method and the aim of his work be reconstructed? (2) To what extent can the Church History be considered a reliable historical source? And (3) which impact did the work have on contemporary and later historiography? In close connection with the bilingual (Greek-English) edition of the Church History that was recently published, the present volume thus aims to provide a closer and more differentiated appraisal of Theodore Anagnostes and his historiographical project.


Introduction (Rafał Kosiński & Adrian Szopa)

Theodore Lector’s Work in the Frame of Late Antique Historiography
True to Their Words. Theodore Lector and his Predecessors (Peter Van Nuffelen)
Textual Analysis of the Epitome of Theodore Anagnostes' Church History – A Few Remarks (Adrian Szopa)
Theodoret von Kyrrhos bei Theodor Anagnostes (Hartmut Leppin)
Victor of Tunnuna as User of the Ecclesiastical History of Theodore Lector: Choices and Objectives (Philippe Blaudeau)
The Laudatio Barnabae by Alexander the Monk and its Relation to Theodore Lector’s Work (Rafał Kosiński)

The Emperor and Political Authorities in Theodore Lector’s Work
Kaiserwechsel und Kaisererhebungen in der Kirchengeschichte des Theodoros Anagnostes (Christoph Begass)
La législation de Zénon et Anastase concernant l’église et les monastères (Michel Kaplan)
Rebellen und Usurpatoren – Zur Benutzung der Theodor-Lector-Epitome durch Theophanes (Dariusz Brodka)

Theodore Lector and His Epoch
Theodore Lector and the Arians of Constantinople (Geoffrey Greatrex)
Theodore Lector’s Testimonies of Images (Kamilla Twardowska)
Social Reality of Constantinople in Theodore Lector (Andrzej Kompa)

The Authors