Marcellinus Comes

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Marcellinus Comes (Greek: Μαρκελλίνος ό Κόμης, died c. 534) was a Latin chronicler of the Eastern Roman Empire. An Illyrian by birth,[1] he spent most of his life at the court of Constantinople. His only surviving work, the Chronicle, focuses on the Eastern Roman Empire.


Only one work of his survives, a chronicle (Annales), which was a continuation of Eusebius's Ecclesiastical History. It covers the period from 379 to 534, although an unknown writer added a continuation down to 566. Although his work is in Latin, it primarily describes the affairs of the Eastern Roman Empire. Some information about Western Europe, drawn from Orosius's Historia adversus paganos and Gennadius' De viris illustribus, is introduced insofar as it relates to Constantinople. The chronicle is filled with details and anecdotes about the city and the court. Marcellinus was Orthodox and has little good to say about heretics in his work.


  1. ^ Croke, Brian (2001). Count Marcellinus and his chronicle. Oxford University Press. p. 101. ISBN 978-0-19-815001-5. Retrieved 9 November 2010.



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  • Dagmar Bartonkova, Marcellinus Comes and Jordanes's Romana, SBORNlK PRACI FILOSOFICKE FAKULTY BRNENSKE UNIVERSITY, E 12, 1967, pp. 185-194.
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  • Massimo Gusso, Orientale tantum secutum imperium, Rivista di cultura classica e medioevale, 66, 1, 2004, pp. 121-137 (about: Brian Croke, Count Marcellinus and his Chronicle, Oxford University Press, Oxford 2001).
  • Theodore Nagy, The Reoccupation of Pannonia from the Huns in 427 (Did Jordanes use the Chronicon of Marcellinus Comes at the writing of the Getica?), Acta Antiqua. Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae, 15 (1967), pp. 159-186.
  • László Várady, Jordanes Studien. Jordanes und das "Chronicon" des Marcellinus Comes. Die Selbständigkeit des Jordanes, in Chiron 1976, pp. 441-487.

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