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On the work of Berossus (2)

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05 Scientific knowledge and scholarly lore

01 Religious and ideological doctrines and imagery

9th century CE
Byzantine Empire
Byzantine philosophers and scholars

Synkellos, Chronographia 14:
Berossus, the author of the Chaldean ancient history, who flourished, as he says, during the period of Alexander the Macedonian, found in Babylon the records of many [writers] carefully preserved, which encompassed about 150,000 years and a little more: certain stories about heaven and earth and the sea and the antiquity of kings and their deeds, and location of the region of Babylonia and its fertility, and certain creatures that appeared from the Erythrean Sea, unnatural in form, and other such mythical things - these he recorded with a certain boastfulness.

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Synkellos, Chronographia 14


Adler and Tuffin 2002, 19Adler, W. and P. Tuffin. The Chronography of George Synkellos. A Byzantine Chronicle of Universal History from the Creation translated with introduction and notes. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002.

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