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Olympiodorus was an historical writer and notable astrologer (5th century AD), born at Thebes in Egypt, who was sent on a mission to the Huns on the Black Sea by emperor Honorius in 412, and later lived at the court of Theodosius. The record of his diplomatic mission survives in a single epitome: An astrological chart (or horoscope) _ Y2K Chart — This particular chart is calculated for January 1, 2000 at 12:01:00 A.M. Eastern Standard Time in New York City, New York, USA. (Longitude: 074W0023 - Latitude: 40N4251) Astrology (from Greek: αστρολογία = άστρον, astron, star + λόγος, logos, word) is... // Events Romulus Augustus, Last Western Roman Emperor Rome sacked by Visigoths in 410. ... For the ancient capital of Boeotia, see Thebes, Greece. ... The Huns were a group of Central Asian nomadic tribes, who appeared in Europe in the 4th century. ... Map of the Black Sea. ... Bronze coin bearing the profile of Honorius Flavius Augustus Honorius (September 9, 384–August 15, 423) was Emperor of the Western Roman Empire from 395 until his death. ... Events The Visigoths move into Gaul, led by Alarics brother Ataulf. ... Theodosius II Flavius Theodosius II (April, 401 - July 28, 450 ). The eldest son of Eudoxia and Arcadius who at the age of 7 became the Roman Emperor of the East. ... 1. ...

Donatus and the Huns, and the skillfulness of their kings in shooting with the bow. The author relates that he himself was sent on a mission to them and Donatus, and gives a tragic account of his wanderings and perils by the sea. How Donatus, being deceived by an oath, was unlawfully put to death. How Charaton, the first of the kings, being incensed by the murder, was appeased by presents from the emperor.
— from Photius' Bibliotheca, tr. J.H. Freese

He was the author of a history in 22 books of the Western Empire from 407 to 425. The original is lost, but an abstract is given by Photius, according to whom he was an alchemist. A manuscript treatise on alchemy, reputed to be by him, is preserved in the National Library in Paris, and was printed with a translation by Berthelot in his Collection des alchimistes grecs (1887–1888). Photius (b. ... The Roman Empire is the term conventionally used to describe the Ancient Roman polity in the centuries following its reorganization under the leadership of Octavian (better known as Caesar Augustus), until its radical reformation in what was later to be known as the Byzantine Empire. ... // Events Gunderic becomes king of the Vandals and the Alans after the death of his father Godgisel Gratianus of Britain is assassinated and Constantine III takes his place at the head of the mutinous Roman garrison in Britain. ... Events October 23 -Valentinian III becomes western Roman emperor. ... Photius (b. ... Alchemy is an early protoscientific practice combining elements of chemistry, physics, astrology, art, semiotics, metallurgy, medicine, and mysticism. ... Marcellin Berthelot Marcellin Pierre Eugène Berthelot (October 29, 1827 - March 18, 1907) was a French chemist and politician. ...


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Olympiodorus of Thebes Criticism and Essays (1457 words)
Although Olympiodorus dedicated his lengthy history of the late Imperial period in Rome to the eastern emperor Theodosius II, most of the events it relates occur in the western half of the Empire.
Olympiodorus detailed the subsequent decades of material destruction and political turmoil prompted by an insufficient Imperial response to the situation, prior to the ameliorative coronation of Emperor Valentinian III in Rome.
In any case, modern critics generally agree that Olympiodorus should be viewed as a discursive historian in the tradition of Herodotus, but with little pretension toward elevated, literary history in the grand manner represented by his predecessor.
Olympiodorus (374 words)
Olympiodorus of Thebes was a Greek pagan historian from Thebes in Egypt, and had an interest in geography which led him to travel widely.
Olympiodorus described his work not as a history, but as source material for a history.
Olympiodorus was frequently referenced by Zosimus, especially for the period between AD 400-425.
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