Joshua the Stylite

Joshua the Stylite
   Monk from Edessa (q.v.) who wrote a chronicle (q.v.) in Syriac covering the years 495-506. The original has not survived, except perhaps in an anonymous chronicle (extending to the year 775) with the attached pseudonym of Dionysios of Tell Mahre (q.v.). Another anonymous chronicle, entitled The History of the Time of Troubles in Edessa, Amida, and all Mesopotamia, which describes the wars between Byzantium and Persia (qq.v.) during the reign of Anastasios I (q.v.), may also have been authored by Joshua the Stylite. In any case, discussion about the authorship of these chronicles is much less significant than are the chronicles themselves, both of which are important sources for events along the eastern frontier in their respective periods.

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