33. MONACHUS, or THE MONK.
Many MSS. preserved in the various European libraries bear the name of George the Monk as the author. Great perplexity has been occasioned by the vagueness of the designation, and its applicability to various persons of the name of George, but who are usually identified by some additional designation.
There is extant in MS. a Chronicon
of George the Monk. whom some have identified, but there is reason to think incorrectly. with George Hamartolus [No. 27], or George Moschampar [No. 34], or with the author of the Vitae Recentior. Imperatorum
Georgius Monus, or George the Monk, who wrote Scholia in Divisionem Rhetoricae,
may possibly be the Georgius Grammaticus already noticed [No. 25], but this is only conjecture.
The Georgius Monachus, of whom a little work, Epitome Philosophiae,
is extant in MS., is probably the Georgius or Gregorius Aneponmus, or Peripateticus mentioned below [No. 41]. (Fabric. Bibl. Gr.
vol. vii. p. 685, vol. xi. p. 629; Allatius, ibid.
A George the Monk is the author of a work, Βίοι τῶν νέων Βασιλέων
, Vitae Recentium Imperatorum,
included in the published collections of the Byzantine historians.
This work is the second part of a Chronicon
apparently quite different from that mentioned above.
It is chiefly taken from the Chronographia of George Syncellus [No. 46], and extends from the reign of Leo the Armenian to the death of Romanus Lecapenus, from A. D. 813 to A. D. 948.
Fabric. Bibl. Gr.
vol. vii. p. 685; Bekker, Praefatio ad Vol. quo continentur Georg. Monach. Vitae Recent. Imp.
ed. Bonn. 8vo. 1838.