Chronicle of Seert

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A. Alcock, trans., The Chronicle of Séert (2014). [English translation. All three parts can be found in one file here]

A. Scher, Histoire nestorienne inédite (Chronique de Séert), 4 fasc., PO 4.3, 5.2, 7.2, 13.4 (Paris, 1908, 1910, 1911, 1919). (Part 1Part 2Part 3Part 4).  All four fascicles combined into a single file can be found here.

B. Vandenhoff, ''Zu einigen Stellen des arabischen Textes der histoire nestorienne (chronique de Séert)'', in Festschrift Eduard Sachau zum siebzigsten Geburtstage gewidmet von Freunden und Schülern (Berlin, 1915): 208-214

P. Wood, The Chronicle of Seert: Christian Historical Imagination in Late Antique Iraq (Oxford, 2013). This publication was generously made freely available electronically by Oxford University Press here.

See Brock's discussion of the Chronicle of Seert's relationship to the lost Ecclesiastical History of Daniel Bar Maryam and to the Liber Castitatis.

 

Scher (1.1) - Chapters 1-30

Each link contains the Arabic text with French translation on the same page. If Nau has listed a cross reference with a chapter title, wherever possible, it has also been supplied below with a hyperlink.

  • Introduction

  • Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: The history of Emperor Valerian (♱ 260 CE) [ET]

  • Chapter 2: The death of Emperor Valerian [ET]

  • Chapter 3: The history of the young Roman girls [ET] (cf. John of Ephesus, Ecclesiastical History, 3.6.6 (Syriac) (ET) (GT))

  • Chapter 4: The history of Mani [ET] (cf. Socrates, Ecclesiastical History, 1.XXII (Greek))

  • Chapter 5: The history of Paul of Samosata [ET]

  • Chapter 6: The history of St. Gregory the Thaumaturge (♱ 270 CE) [ET]

  • Chapter 7: The history of St. Awgen [Eugene] [ET] (cf. Bedjan, Acta martyrum et sanctorum, III. 376-480)

  • Chapter 8: The names of the Doctors [ET]

  • Chapter 9.1: The history of Bahram II (♱ 293 CE), son of Bahram I (♱ 276 CE), sons of Shapur I (♱ 270 CE) [ET] (cf. T. Nöldeke, Geschichte der Perser und Araber zur Zeit der Sasaniden aus der arabischen Chronik des Tabari: Übersetzt und mit ausführlichen Erläuterungen und ergänzungen Versehn (Leyden, 1879), 48-49; 415-416.)

  • Chapter 9.2: The history of St. Peter of Alexandria (♱ 311 CE) [ET]

  • Chapter 10: The history of Arius (♱ 336 CE) [ET]

  • Chapter 11: The history of the monk, Paphnutius [ET] (cf. Bedjan, Acta mart. et sanct., V, p. 514)

  • Chapter 12: The history of Sergius and Bacchus [ET]

  • Chapter 13: The history of St. Silvester, Pope of Rome (♱ 335 CE) [ET] (cf. Land, Anecdota Syriaca, III.46-76)

  • Chapter 14: The history of the dragon [ET]

  • Chapter 15: The history of Emperor Constantine (♱ 337 CE) [ET]

  • Chapter 16: The discovery of the cross and the nails [ET] (For more on the history of the discovery of the true cross, see our BHO page under the entry, "The Discovery of the True Cross")

  • Chapter 17: Faithful Helen and her son, the victorious Constantine [ET] (cf. "Les constructions Palestinnienes dues à Saint Hélène", ROC 10 (1905): 162-168.)

  • Chapter 18: The council of Nicaea [ET]

  • Chapter 19: The description of the city of Constantinople [ET]

  • Chapter 20: The description of the central part of the city of Rome [ET] (an alternate description is found in Land, Anecdota Syriaca III (1750), 323)

  • Chapter 21: On the Chronicle and on its composition [ET]

  • Chapter 22: On the Pascha and on the resurrection [ET]

  • Chapter 23: The history of Shapur II (♱ 379 CE), son of Hormizd II (♱ 309 CE) [ET] (cf. T. Nöldeke, Geschichte, 52.)

  • Chapter 24: The death of Emperor Constantine [ET]

  • Chapter 25: The saints contemporary with Papas [ET]

  • Chapter 26: A history of St. Ephrem (♱ 373 CE) [ET]

  • Chapter 27: The history of Simeon bar Sabba'e (♱ 339 CE) [ET] (Sozomen, Ecclesiastical History, II.9-10; Version A of his life: (Syriac–Assemani) (Syriac–Bedjan) (LT); Version B of his life (Syriac–Bedjan); Gismondi, Maris Amri et Slibae, 9-14; Barhebraeus, Chronicon Ecclesiasticum, II.33-35)

  • Chapter 28: The sons of Constantine [ET]

  • Chapter 29: The history of Sadoth (Sahdust) (♱ 342 CE) [ET] (cf. (Syriac–Assemani) (Syriac–Bedjan); Barhebraeus, Chronicon Ecclesiasticum, II.37-39)

  • Chapter 30: Outstanding men, his contemporaries [ET]

 

Scher (1.2) - Chapters 31-71

  • Introduction

  • Table of Contents

  • Chapter 31: The history of Barbasymas (Barbasemin) (♱ 346 CE), the 11th Catholicos [ET] (cf. Barhebraeus, Chronicon Ecclesiasticum, II.39-41; Bedjan, Acta Martyrum et Sanctorum, II.296-303; Gismondi, Maris Amri et Slibae, 12)

  • Chapter 32: The history of the martyr, Qardag (Kardag) [ET] [cf. (Syriac–Abbeloos) (Syriac–Feige) (Syriac–Bedjan)]

  • Chapter 33: The history of Julian the Apostate [ET]

  • Chapter 34: Another version of the history of Julian [ET]

  • Chapter 35: The history of Jonah, founder of the convent of Anbar [ET] (cf. The Life (Syriac–Bedjan); A Metrical Homily of Iesudenah of Basra (Syriac–Guidi))

  • Chapter 36: The history of John, the founder of the convent of Beth-Zabdai [ET] (cf. Bedjan, Liber Superiorum, 440-41)

  • Chapter 37: The history of Rabban Sari [ET] (cf. Bedjan, Liber Superiorum, 441.3)

  • Chapter 38: The history of the convent of Zarnoqa [ET] (cf. Bedjan, Liber Superiorum, 442.6)

  • Chapter 39: The history of Mar Cyprian, Bishop of Africa [ET]

  • Chapter 40: The history of St. Baršabba [ET]

  • Chapter 41: The history of Rabban Šallita [ET] (cf. Syriac–Bedjan; Book of Chastity, 5: [Syriac–Chabot] [FT] [Syriac–Bedjan])

  • Chapter 42: The history of the earthquake and hail [ET]

  • Chapter 43: The history of Ardašir II (♱ 383 CE), brother of Shapur II (♱379 CE) [ET]

  • Chapter 44: The history of Valentinian II (♱ 392 CE) and of Gratian (♱ 383 CE), the son of Valentinian I [ET]

  • Chapter 45: The history of Theodosius the Great (♱ 395 CE) [ET]

  • Chapter 46: The obedience of Theodosius when he was prohibited entrance into the church [ET]

  • Chapter 47: The destruction of the temple of Sarkis [Serapis] [ET]

  • Chapter 48: The fathers and doctors by the name of Gregory [ET]

  • Chapter 49: The history of Flavian and of his disciple Diodore [ET]

  • Chapter 50: The history of heretical monks [ET] (cf. Theodore bar Koni, trans. Pognon, Inscriptions mandaïtes des coupes de Khouabir, 139203-204;  Theodoret, Ecclesiastical History, IV.11)

  • Chapter 51: The history of Basil (♱ 379 CE) [ET]

  • Chapter 52: The history of the heretic, Macedonius, the Patriarch of Constantinople [ET]

  • Chapter 53: The history of Mar Theodore (♱ ca. 428 CE), the interpreter of the Divine Books [ET]

  • Chapter 54: The history of Mar Ephrem, spoken by the Syrian prophet [ET]

  • Chatper 55: The history of Luliana [Julian], son of Barmala (♱ ca. 370 CE) [ET] (cf. Julian Saba (Syriac-Bedjan))

  • Chapter 56: The history of Epiphanius (♱ 403 CE) [ET]

  • Chapter 57: The martyrs and excellent men at this period [ET]

  • Chapter 58: The history of Patriarch Tomarsa (Tamuza), the 12th Catholicos [ET]

  • Chapter 59: The history of Bahram, surnamed Farmanshah (♱ 399 CE) [ET]

  • Chapter 60: The history of Rabban Mar 'Abda of Dayr Qoni [ET] (cf. Gismondi, Maris Amri et Slibae, 12-13)

  • Chapter 61: The history of the convnet of Sliba [ET]

  • Chapter 62: The history of 'Abdisho' who built a convent near Hira [ET]

  • Chapter 63: The history of Qayoma, the 13th Catholicos [ET]

  • Chapter 64: The history of Arcadius (♱ 408 CE) and Honorius (♱ 423 CE) [ET]

  • Chapter 65: The history of Yazdegard I (♱ 420 CE) [ET]

  • Chapter 66: The history of Mar Isaac, the 14th Catholicos [ET] (cf. Gismondi, Maris Amri et Slibae, 13-15; Barhebraeus, Chonicon Ecclesiasticum, II.45-50)

  • Chapter 67: The history of John Chrysostom [ET]

  • Chapter 68: The history of Yaballaha the monk, elected Catholicos [ET]

  • Chapter 69: The history of Aḥai, the 15th Catholicos [ET]

  • Chapter 70: The history of Emperor Theodosius the Younger (♱ 450 CE) [ET] (cf. Gismondi, Maris Amri et Slibae, 15)

  • Chapter 71: The history of Yaballaha I, the 16th Catholicos [ET]

  • Chapter 72: The history of Ma'na, the 17th Catholicos who was deposed [ET]

  • Chapter 73: The history of the conversion of the inhabitants of Najran [ET] (cf. Gismondi, Maris Amri et Slibae, 16)

  • Chapter 74: The history of the death of Yazdegard and of the ascension to the throne of his son [ET]

  • Chapter 75: The history of the Holy Martyr Mar Jacob Intercissus [ET]

  • Chapter 76: The hisotry of 'Aqbalaha, Bishop of Beth Garmai [ET] (cf. Synodicon Orientale, 35, 43; Bedjan, Acta Martyrum et Sanctorum, II.515-517)

Scher (2.1) - Chapters 1-40

  • Introduction

  • Table of Contents

  • Chapter 1: The history of Babowai, the 20th Catholicos [ET] (cf. Barhebraeus, Chronicon Ecclesiasticum, II.60ff; Bedjan, Acta Martyrum et Sanctorum, II.631-634)

  • Chapter 2: The history of Leo [The Thracian], King of the Greeks (♱ 474 CE) [ET] (cf. Evagrius Scholastica, Ecclesiastical History, II.4; Barhebraeus, Chronicon Syriacum, 72; Tarik ed-Duwal, Histoire des dynasties, 145)

  • Chapter 3: The history of Anatolius, Patriarch of Constantinople (♱ 458 CE) [ET]

  • Chapter 4: The history of King Zeno (♱ 491 CE) [ET] (cf. Evagrius Scholastica, Ecclesiastical History, III.1; Barhebraeus, Chronicon Syriacum, 73-74)

  • Chapter 5: The death of Peroz, King of the Persians [ET] (cf. Nöldeke, Geschichte, 126ff; Procopius, History of the Wars, II.3-4)

  • Chapter 6: The history of Gennadius, Patriarch of Constantinople [ET]

  • Chapter 7: The history of a monk with a demon [ET]

  • Chapter 8: The history of Acacius, the 21st Catholicos [ET] (cf. Synodicon Oriental, 299-307, 531-537; Barhebraeus, Chronicon Ecclesiasticum, II.72ff.)

  • Chapter 9: The history of Mar Narsai, the doctor [of the church] (♱ 503 CE) [ET]

  • Chapter 10: The history of Anastasius I (♱ 518 CE), King of the Greeks [ET] (cf. Evagrius Scholastica, Ecclesiastical History, IV.30ff.; Tarik ed-Duwal, Histoire des dynasties, 146-147; Barhebraeus, Chronicon Ecclesiasticum, II. 78n2 and 84n1)

  • Chapter 11: The history of Milas, King of Persia [ET] (cf. Nöldeke, Geschichte, 12ff.)

  • Chapter 12: The history of Qawad [Kavad] (♱ 531 CE), King of Persia [ET] (Agathius, Book IV (Latin) (Greek))

  • Chapter 13: The history of Elijah, the doctor, metropolitan of Nisibis [ET] (cf. Barhadbeshabba, Cause, PO 4 (1907): 37)

  • Chapter 14: The history of Zamasp, King of the Persians [ET] (cf. Wright, The Chronicle of Joshua the Stylite, XXIV [ET]; Procopius, History of the Wars, I.VI; Barhebraeus, Chronicon Syriacum, 75)

  • Chapter 15: The history of Babai, the 22nd Catholicos [ET] (cf. Barhebraeus, Chronicon Ecclesiasticum, 80)

  • Chapter 16: A nice short history [The story of the mouse and the pearls] [ET]

  • Chapter 17: The history of the attack of Amida by Qawad [Kavad] – the vision [ET] (cf. Wright, The Chronicle of Joshua the Stylite, chapter 50 (ET))

  • Chapter 18: The history of the holy Mar Abraham the Great [ET] (cf. Book of Chastity, n. 14 (Syriac–Chabot) (FT) (Syriac–Bedjan); The Book of Governors, 1.4 (Syriac–Budge) (Syriac–Bedjan) (ET))

  • Chapter 19: The history of Silas, the 23rd Catholicos [ET] (cf. Barhebraeus, Chronicon Ecclesiasticum, II.82)

  • Chapter 20: The history of Justin I, King of the Greeks (♱ 527 CE) [ET]

  • Chapter 21: The history of Jacob Baradaeus [Burd'oyo] [ET] (cf. Syriac–Land, Anecdota Syriaca, II.249-257 and 364-383; Barhebraeus, Chronicon Ecclesiasticum, I.216)

  • Chapter 22: The history of the heretics with Justin I [ET]

  • Chapter 23: The history of Justinian I (♱ 565 CE), King of the Greeks [ET]

  • Chapter 24: The history of Khosrau I [Chosroes I] Anushirvan (♱ 579 CE) [ET]

  • Chapter 25: The history of Narsai and of Elijah, the 24th and 25th Catholicoi [ET] (cf. Barhebraeus, Chronicon Ecclesiasticum, II.82Synodicon Orientale, p. 318ff; Mshiha-Zkha, ed. Mingana, 155-156 (Syriac))

  • Chapter 26: The history of Paul, the 26th Catholicos [ET] (cf. Barhebraeus, Chronicon Ecclesiasticum, II.88-90)

  • Chapter 27: The history of Mar Aba the Great, the 27th Catholicos [ET] (cf. Barhebraeus, Chronicon Ecclesiasticum, II.90ff.Synodicon Orientale, 318-351, 540-562; Bedjan, Histoire de Mar Yabalaha, 206-274)

  • Chapter 28: The argument of the Catholicos (Mar Aba) with a Magi [ET]

  • Chapter 29: The question posed by Mar Aba [ET]

  • Chapter 30: The mention of his (Mar Aba) disciples [ET] (cf. Assemani, B.O. III.1; Ebedjesu, 86)

  • Chapter 31: The history of Abraham of Nathpar and of Job, his disciple [ET] (cf. Book of Chastity, 43: (Syriac–Chabot) (FT) (Syriac–Bedjan); Thomas of Marga, Book of Governors, 2.17: (Syriac–Budge) (Syriac–Bedjan) (ET))

  • Chapter 32: The history of Joseph the Catholicos [ET] (cf. Barhebraeus, Chronicon Ecclesiasticum, II.96-98)

  • Chapter 33: The history of Justin II (♱ 578 CE), King of the Greeks [ET] (cf. Evagrius Scholasticus, Ecclesiastical History, V.1; Barhebraeus, Chronicon Syriacum, p. 82).

  • Chapter 34: The history of Patriarch Eutychius [ET]

  • Chapter 35: The history of Babukabr [ET]

  • Chapter 36: The history of Ezekiel, the 29th Catholicos [ET] (cf. Barhebraeus, Chronicon Ecclesiasticum, II.98)

  • Chapter 37: The history of the reign of Hormizdad [ET]

  • Chapter 38: Details on the death of Khosrau I (Chosroes I) Anuširuwan [ET]

  • Chapter 39: The history of Daniel, the penitent [ET]

  • Chapter 40: The history of Rabban Qusre [Bar-Qusre; Qoure] [ET] (cf. Book of Chastity, no. 50: (Syriac–Chabot) (FT) (Syriac–Bedjan))

Scher (2.2) - Chapters 41-112