Natural Disasters in the Chronographia of John Malalas: Reflections on their Function—An Initial Sketch

  title={Natural Disasters in the Chronographia of John Malalas: Reflections on their Function—An Initial Sketch},
  author={Mischa Meier},
  journal={The Medieval History Journal},
  pages={237 - 266}
  • M. Meier
  • Published 1 October 2006
  • History
  • The Medieval History Journal
Christian chronicles have been regarded for a long time as an inferior sub-genre of historiography. One of the intentions of this article is to contribute towards a revision of this assessment—it does so through analysing the way natural disasters have been handled in the Chronographia of the Byzantine chronicler John Malalas. In accordance with the norms specific to the genre of Christian chronicles, Malalas too writes within a mould of salvation history, and interprets events as a… 
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