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The Chronicle of SeertChristian Historical Imagination in Late Antique Iraq$

Philip Wood

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199670673

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199670673.001.0001

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(p.266) History-writing in the Church of the East (Bold text is used to indicate firmly dateable material)

(p.266) History-writing in the Church of the East (Bold text is used to indicate firmly dateable material)

The Chronicle of Seert
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(p.266) History-writing in the Church of the East

(Bold text is used to indicate firmly dateable material)

  • Fourth century: Local lists of martyrs and bishops.

  • 411: Edessa martyrion, including lists of the Shapurian martyrs.

  • c.414: Collection of acts of the Shapurian martyrs by Ahai. Composition of a hagiographic cycle for Mar ʿAbda, the founder of a school near Ctesiphon.

  • before 424: Earliest versions of the Acts of Miles.

  • 424: The story of Papas first used by Agapetus of Beth Lapet in the synod of Dadishoʿ.

  • c.420s: An account of the catholicoi of the period 410–24.

  • mid-fifth century: Composition of Abgar’s Ctesiphon hagiographies, the Acts of ʿAbda of Hormizd-Ardashir, and the Acts of Symeon A.

  • c.480s: ‘Acacian history’, focused on the catholicoi, combines the accounts of the 420s with earlier hagiographic material and continues it to the compiler’s own day. Several parts of this history are later overwritten.

  • 530s: Composition of the Acts of Symeon B.

  • 530s: Continuation of the ‘Acacian history’ under Narsai.

  • 530s: Earliest histories of the school of Nisibis (now lost).

  • 550s: Continuation of Narsai’s history under Joseph, composition of the Syriac Acts of Aba.

  • late sixth century: Composition of the Syriac Acts of Mar Miles.

  • c.569: Ecclesiastical history written in Nisibis by Barhadbeshaba.

  • 580s–660s: Expansion of the historical traditions beginning under Ishoʿyahb I: new strands of history are blended with the history of the catholicoi and this richer tradition is continued to the compilers’ own times.

  • c.580s: Composition of the Syriac Acts of Mar Mari.

  • c.600: Barhadbeshaba ʿArbaya’s Cause of the Foundation of Schools.

  • c.650: Early version of the Khuzistan Chronicle by Elias of Merv. (The extant text includes a later appendix.)

  • c.660s: Life of Rabban Bar ʿIdta.

  • c.660s: Early monastic hagiographic collections: forms the basis for monastic material in the Chronicle of Seert and the Book of Chastity.

  • c.660s: Reform of the liturgy under Ishoʿyahb III.

  • (p.267) 780s–c.900: Compilation of earlier histories, synodica, and canons in the reign of Timothy I and his successors.

  • c.840: Thomas of Marga writes the Book of the Governors, using eastern saints’ lives going back to the late sixth century.

  • 860s: Compilation of Ishoʿdnah of Basra’s Book of Chastity.