George Hamartolos

NINTH CENTURY. Byzantine monk. He wrote a world chronicle (Chronicon Syntomon) from the Creation to the death of the Eastern emperor Theophilus in 842. It was not an original work, but an eclectic compilation whose main source was Theophanes Confessor (d.817). In turn, later writers borrowed from Hamartolos's chronicle, which had been continued up to 948 by another scribe, perhaps Simeon Metaphrastes. The work gives useful information on ninth-century monasticism, and though nothing is known about George's personal life, his chronicle reveals him as strongly anti-Iconoclast.