Gonzalo wrote:By the way, I didnÂ´t know any about Niketas Choniates, but I was talking (around an hour) with a Literature teacher of mine about Byzantine historians and Literature at the end of the scholar course and I remember something which he mentioned about a Choniates, I am not sure, but -as he (my teacher) is mediaevalist- he confessed me his deep love to Anna Comnena... me too. I am going to continue my regular studies on Greek today.
*Sigh*, I wish that I was in University again. I've visited my University library many times since then, but of course I have not attended any lectures. Out of curiosity, which course were you attending in which you had this discussion with your Professor? Western Mediaeval Studies, or Byzantine History? (or both periods?)
Lately, I have been reading more English than Greek. I'll try to change that this weekend...
Again, thanks very much for letting me know that the old volumes of CSHB are on Google Books, because based on my crazy University library's rare book department hours, I probably would not have had many opportunities to look through them.
PS: Marcus was known for his clemency, but I also admit that he, like all other Emperors, was a stern upholder of the status quo. He also accepted Christian persecution, and harsher punishment for the Humiliores, even if they were citizens (~ lower orders).
ἀλλ' ἔγωγε ἐξ αὐτῶν τούτων μᾶλλον αὐτὸν τεθαύμακα, ὅτι ἔν τε ἀλλοκότοις καὶ ἐν ἐξαισίοις πράγμασι αὐτός τε διεγένετο καὶ τὴν ἀρχὴν διεσώσατο. Dio LXXII 36.3