The Chronography of Bar Hebraeus
The Chronography of Bar Hebraeus gives the Syriac text with English translation of the political history of the world from the creation to the year AD 1286. Compiled by the thirteenth century polymath Gregory Bar Hebaraeus, this Chronography contains lists of Hebrew Patriarchs and Kings of the Hebrews, Assyrians, Babylonians, Persians, and Greeks, followed by Muslim Khalifs and Khans, until the days of the author. It is in reality a chronological and historical encyclopedia, into which an enormous amount of information of various kinds has been crammed. He deals with histories, religions, languages, the manners and customs of peoples; he adds biographies of great warriors and physicians; he describes battles and sieges, and the capture of cities; he talks of the coming of comets and extraordinary appearances in the heavens, earthquakes, famines, falls of snow, and the freezing over the Tigris and Euphrates; he also reports Court scandals, and repeats gossip of all kinds, and tells 'laughable stories.'
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