‘This story may provide proof’. History and authority in Syriac excerpt collections and beyond.

01 October 2019 → Ongoing
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund
Research disciplines
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Excerpt collections Syriac studies codicology Late Antiquity Middle Ages Miaphysitism History of historiography Byzantine studies Narrative identity
Project description

Combining intellectual history with material philology, this project studies the authority attributed to
histories in Syriac excerpt collections (6-10th c). It uses unstudied material to analyse the
intertwining of identity formation and historical narratives, to provide the first cross-cultural study of
late antique excerpt collections, and to study the changing status of historical knowledge compared
to other types of knowledge.