Manasses, Constantine

   Author of a world chronicle (q.v.) in verse from Adam to 1081, in addition to other works that included a romance (q.v.) entitled Aristandros andKallithea. His close association with the court of Manuel I Komnenos (q.v.) explains his panegyrics to the emperor (q.v.), as well as his more personal and descriptive Hodoiporikon (Guidebook), based on his first-hand experience of traveling with a diplomatic embassy to Palestine (q.v.) in 1160. It is unfortunate that he did not choose to continue his chronicle into the 12th century, the period for which he was a contemporary.

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