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    Zosimus. Friderich Sylburg, editor. Johannis Lencavius, translator.Notes by Christopher Cellarius. [Greek Title:] ...Historia Nova... Zeitz: Johann Bielcke, 1679. Krown & Spellman retail: $500. First separate edition.

    8vo. *-2 *8, 3*4, A-2X8. [38], 670, [34]p. Contemporary vellum, minor inner margin wormhole in first gathering small burn hole in frontis., paper lightly toned. Engraved extra t.p., t.p. in red and black. Bi-Lingual text: Latin & Greek. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

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    Zosimus ( fl. 490s-510s) was a Byzantine historian, who lived in Constantinople during the reign of the Byzantine Emperor Anastasius I (491-518).


    Zosimus' Historia Nova, "New History", is written in Greek in six books. For the period from 238 to 270, he apparently uses Dexippus; for the period from 270 to 404, Eunapius; and after 407, Olympiodorus. His slavish dependence upon his sources is made clear by the change in tone and style between the Eunapian and Olympiodoran sections, and by the muddled gap left in between them. In the Eunapian section, for example, he is pessimistic, vague, and critical of Stilicho; in the Olympiodoran section, he offers precise figures and transliterations from the Latin, and favors Stilicho. The work breaks off abruptly in the summer of 410 at the beginning of book 6. The first book sketches briefly the history of the early Roman emperors from Augustus to Diocletian (305); the second, third and fourth deal more fully with the period from the accession of Constantius Chlorus and Galerius to the death of Theodosius I; the fifth and sixth, the most useful for historians, cover the period between 395 and 410, when Priscus Attalus was deposed. For this period, he is the most important surviving non-ecclesiastical source. The work, which is apparently unfinished, is believed to have been written in 498-518. The style is characterized by Photius as concise, clear and pure; other historians have judged his accounts confused or muddled, and valuable only because he preserves information from lost histories. The historian's object was to account for the decline of the Roman Empire from the pagan point of view. Zosimus is the only non-Christian source for much of what he reports. [wkp]. "The first separate edition; it recommends itself by a partial correction of the text, by a division into chapters, and by a good selection of the earlier notes." [Ebert]      Hoffmann III, 829. Schweiger 349. Graesse VI, 519. Potthast 1126. Clarke 343. Ebert 24268. Engelmann 268. 

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