Pseudo-Simeon (or Pseudo-Symeon Magistros) is the conventional name given to the anonymous author of a late 10th-century Byzantine Greek chronicle which survives in a single codex, Parisinus Graecus 1712, copied in the 12th or 13th century.[1]

It is a universal history from the creation of the world to the year 963.[2] His main sources are Theophanes the Confessor and Symeon Logothete.[1] For the years up to 812, he uses Theophanes, George Hamartolos, John Malalas and John of Antioch.[1][2] For later years, he uses parts of Joseph Genesius and the anonymous Chronicle on Leo the Armenian.[2] He made use of a lost anti-Photian tract that was also used by Niketas David Paphlagon.[1]

George Kedrenos used Pseudo-Simeon as the model for his own chronicle up to the year 812.[2] In the 14th century, the chronicle was translated into Slavonic.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e Kazhdan, Alexander (1991). "Symeon Magistros, Pseudo-". In Kazhdan, Alexander (ed.). The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-504652-8.
  2. ^ a b c d Herbert Hunger: Handbuch der Altertumswissenschaft, XII. Byzantinisches Handbuch. 5,1. Philosophie, Rhetorik, Epistolographie, Geschichtsschreibung, Geographie, C. H. Beck, Munich 1978, pp. 355 ff.