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Known forHistory of Heraclius

Sebeos (Armenian: Սեբեոս) was an Armenian historian and chronicler. He is well-known for the History of Heraclius, which contains information about Roman–Persian Wars, the Muslim conquests as well as ancient Armenian legends such as Hayk.

Life and legacy[change | change source]

Little is known about the author's life. In 645, Sebeos attended Dvin's fourth council, and was among their signatories.[1] His name is found on the eighth number in the list of eighteen bishops.[1] Sebeos' work on Armenian history is honored in the country. He was the primary source of the fall of the Byzantine and Sasanian Empire and the Muslim conquests.[2] The first Armenian writer to mention Sebeos is the 8th century priest Lewond.[2] Author James Howard Johnston describes Sebeos as a 'non-biased' historian an

d places him along with other popular Armenian historians.[3] His writings are valuable as one of the few intact surviving sources that chronicle sixth century Armenia and its surrounding territories.[4] Sebeos' history was published for the first time in 1851 in Istanbul.[5]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Thomson 1999, p. 34.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Thomson 1999, p. 35.
  3. Thomson 1999, p. 64.
  4. Hacikyan 2002, p. 82.
  5. Hacikyan 2002, p. 81.

Bibliography[change | change source]

  • Hacikyan, Agop (2002). The Heritage of Armenian Literature: From the sixth to the eighteenth century. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 9780814330234.
  • Thomson, R. W. (1999). The Armenian History Attributed to Sebeos. Liverpool University Press. ISBN 9780853235644.