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Pollux, Ju'lius

a Byzantine writer.


Ἱστορία φυσική

He is the author of a chronicon, which treats at some length of the creation of the world, and is therefore entitled Ἱστορία φυσική. Like most other Byzantine histories, it is an universal history, beginning with the creation of the world and coming down to the time of the writer. The two manuscripts from which this work is published end with the reign of Valens, but the Paris manuscript is said to come down as low as the death of Romanus, A. D. 963, and also to contain what is wanting at the conclusion of the anonymous continuation of Constantinus Porphyrogenitus. The whole work is made up of extracts from Simeon Logotheta, Theophanes, and the continuation of Constantinus, and relates chiefly ecclesiastical events.


It was first published from a manuscript at Milan by J. B. Bianconi, under the title of Anonymi Scriptoris Historia Sacra, Bononiae, 1779, fo. Ign. Hardt found the work in a more perfect state, and with the name of the author prefixed to it in a manuscript at Munich, and, believing that it had not yet been printed, published it at Munich, 1792, 8vo., under the title of Julii Pollucis Historia Physica, nunc primum Gr. et Lat. ed. &c.

Further Information

Fabric. Bibl. Graec. vol. vi. p. 144; Vossius De Hist. Graecis, p. 278, ed. Westermann; Schöll, Geschichte der Griechischen Litteratur, vol. iii. p. 257.

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