), a Byzantine historian, lived at the end of the 12th, and in the beginning of the 13th century.
Joel wrote Χρονογράφια ἐν συνόψει
, being a short narrative of the most memorable events of history, especially Byzantine.
The work begins with Adam, and finishes with the death of the emperor Alexis Ducas Murzuphlus, and the conquest of Constantinople by the Latins, in 1204. From the lamentations with which he ends his history, one might conclude that he witnessed the capture of the Greek capital.
The whole work is of little importance, though the latter part of it is of some value for Byzantine history.
The first edition was published by Leo Allatius, with notes and a Latin translation, Paris, 1651, fol., together with Georgius Acropolita. The second edition, in the Venice collection of the Byzantines
, and the third by Immanuel Bekker, together with Acropolita and Constantine Manasses, Bonn, 1837, 8vo., are reprints of the Paris edition.
Fabric. Bibl. Graec.
vol. vii. p. 773; Cave, Hist. Lit.
vol. ii. p. 281.