Yahya of Antioch, full name Yaḥya ibn Saʿīd al-Anṭākī (Arabic: يحيى بن سعيد الأنطاكي), was a Melkite Christian physician and historian of the 11th century.[1][2]

He was most likely born in Fatimid Egypt. He became a physician, but the anti-Christian policies of Caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah (r. 996–1021) forced him to flee to Byzantine-held Antioch.[3]

His chief work is a continuation of Eutychius' Annals, stretching from 938 to 1034.[4] Drawing on a variety of sources, his history deals with events in the Byzantine Empire,[5] Egypt, as well as Bulgaria and the Kievan Rus'. Whilst in Antioch, he also wrote theological works in defence of Christianity and refutations of Islam and Judaism. He died c. 1066.[3]

His history was published, edited and translated in 1924 by I. Kratchkovsky and A. Vasiliev into French in Volumes 18, 23, and 47 of the Patrologia Orientalis. In 1997 it was translated into Italian by Bartolomeo Pirone.[6] A supposed English translation by J. H. Forsyth in 1977 is in fact only a study.[7]



  1. ^ "Yaḥyā of Antioch". Oxford Reference. Retrieved 2023-07-18.
  2. ^ Rassi, Juliette (2017), Schenk, Gerrit Jasper (ed.), "Several Natural Disasters in the Middle East (at the Beginning of the Eleventh Century) and Their Consequences", Historical Disaster Experiences: Towards a Comparative and Transcultural History of Disasters Across Asia and Europe, Transcultural Research – Heidelberg Studies on Asia and Europe in a Global Context, Cham: Springer International Publishing, pp. 63–79, doi:10.1007/978-3-319-49163-9_3, ISBN 978-3-319-49163-9, retrieved 2023-07-18
  3. ^ a b Kazhdan, Alexander, ed. (1991). The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press. p. 2213. ISBN 0-19-504652-8.
  4. ^ Butts, Aaron Michael; Young, Robin Darling (2021-01-08). Syriac Christian Culture: Beginnings to Renaissance. CUA Press. ISBN 978-0-8132-3368-0.
  5. ^ Theotokis, Georgios; Meško, Marek (2020-10-27). War in Eleventh-Century Byzantium. Routledge. ISBN 978-0-429-57477-1.
  6. ^ Yaḥyā ibn Sa'ïd, al-Anṭākī, m.? (2023). Cronache dell'Egitto fāṭimide e dell'impero bizantino : (937-1033) (PDF). Translated by Pirone, Bartolomeo (3ª ed. ulteriormente riveduta e corretta ed.). Bologna: Gruppo di Ricerca Arabo-Cristiana. ISBN 978-1535396271. OCLC 1105613833.((cite book)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  7. ^ J.H. Forsyth "The Chronicle of Yahya ibn Sa'id al-Antaki", (Univ. of Michigan Ph.D. thesis, 1977), Online here: https://archive.org/details/forsyth-1977-chronicle-yahya-antaki/Forsyth_1977_Chronicle_Yahya_Antaki/