Critobulus or Doukas? Stories of the fall.

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Critobulus or Doukas? Stories of the fall.

1DinadansFriend
Dec 14, 2019, 3:44pm

I found the Doukas account of the last years of the City very unsatisfying...is the story by Critobulus any better?

2shikari
Edited: Jan 11, 2020, 6:44pm

Sorry, a bit late for me as a Late Antiquarian! Is it an account of the fall itself you're after? If so there is a nice 2-volume book in the Lorenzo Valla series, La Caduta di Costantinopoli, that has most of the relevent Greek and Latin sources in original text with good Italian facinf page translations and commentary (and other accounts varying, Arab etc sources being purely in translation, French and Italian bi-lingual, I think). But I don't remember how far back the accounts are taken.

3DinadansFriend
Jan 27, 2020, 5:31pm

thank you for the efforts on my behalf. The relatively local library has found a copy of the Chronicle of the fall by George Sphrantzes which will feed the beast for a while. What news from the sixth century?

4shikari
Mar 28, 2020, 11:17pm

Sadly I'm reading little, DinadansFriend. This crisis seems to push me online rather than into paper.

5DinadansFriend
Edited: Apr 8, 2020, 8:41pm

The crisis being the viral plague? It has wreaked some damage to my plans as well...It seems to me to be the first of the plagues easily seen to have been engendered by the climate crisis...Well, we have arrived in "Interesting times" with a vengeance.

6shikari
Apr 14, 2020, 4:50pm

>5 DinadansFriend: I'm not convinced about the link with the climate crisis, tho' I've had at least one friend who's a professional environmentalist suggest that. Still, climate emergency and pandemic certainly qualify for the 'interesting times'. Not war yet, thank God (outside Libya, Yemen and Syria)