CHRONICON ORIENTALE

A chronicle of world composed by an unknown thirteenth-century author who put events he thought important into a table of secular and ecclesiastical rulers. Its chronological bases are the for the pre-Christian era, the Roman for the period from the time of Christ to Muhammad, and thereafter the Arab regimes in and Egypt, along with a of the caliphs to his own time (1260).

It includes a section that gives an outline of the Alexandrian from Saint MARK (43-68) to ATHANASIUS III (1250- 1261). The dates are in good order but untrustworthy as to actual calendar years.

The Copt ABU SHAKIR ibn Butrus has been taken to be the author since the Chronicon’s first translation into Latin was done by a Maronite, Abraham Ecchelensis (Chronicon orientale, nunc primum latinitate donatum . . . , Paris, 1651; Paris, 1685). This translation was revised by J. ASSEMANI and published with four added dissertations in Corpus Scriptorum Historiae Byzantinae (Vol. 17, Venice, 1729).

BIBLIOGRAPHY

  • Cheikho, L. Petrus ibn Rahib’s Chronicon Orientale. In CSCO 45- 46, Scriptores Arabici, ser. 3, 1-2. Louvain, 1955.

VINCENT FREDERICK