Leo the Deacon

Leo the Deacon

Leo the Deacon was a Byzantine historian and chronicler. He was born around 950 at Kaloe in Asia Minor and was educated in Constantinople, where he became a deacon in the imperial palace. While in Constantinople he wrote a history covering the reigns of Romanus II, Nicepheros II, John Tzimiskes, and the early part of the reign of Basil II. Often, his observations were based on his experiences as an eyewitness to the events in question. His writing style has been described as "Classical", as he employed language reminiscent of Homer and other ancient Greek writers such as Agathias. Leo is particularly well-known for his eyewitness description of Sviatoslav I of Kiev, who invaded Bulgaria in 969 and fought against Byzantine forces over its territory.


*M. Ya. Syuzyumov. "Leo Deacon and His Time". Published in: Лев Диакон. История. Moscow: Nauka, 1988. ( [http://oldru.narod.ru/biblio/suzumov.htm scanned version online] )

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* [http://patrologia.ct.aegean.gr/PG_Migne/Leonis%20Diaconi_PG%20117/Historia.pdf Leo's Greek text] (ed. Migne) in Adobe format
* [http://books.google.com/books?id=GCMAAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA3&dq=%22leonis+diaconi%22#PPP5,M1 Scan of text] (ed. Niebuhr, CSHB) in Adobe
* [http://oldru.narod.ru/biblio/ldiakon1.htm Text in Russian translation]
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