Eustathius of Epiphania

Eustathius of Epiphania (Greek: Εὐστάθιος Ἐπιφανεύς, died after 518)[1] was a sixth-century Byzantine historian.

Eustathius was born in Epiphania (modern Hama, Syria). He was probably a Christian and wrote in the time of the emperor Anastasius I a history (Chronological Epitome) from the fall of Troy to the 12th year of Anastasius (502/3) in two parts. The chronicle was used by later historians, but only a few fragments remain preserved in Evagrius Scholasticus, the Suda and John Malalas. According to Evagrius, Eustathius's work was an epitome (a compilation, not an abridgement[2]) of pagan and ecclesiastical writers.

Eustathius is also known to have compiled an epitome of Josephus (Historikon of the Judaean Archaeology by Iosepos). It is likely the same as a short 13th/14th-century text preserved in Paris. It begins with Adam and Eve and reaches to the reign of Vespasian and Titus.


  1. Treadgold, p. 114f.
  2. Cf. Treadgold, p. 118.


  • Kazhdan, Alexander, ed. (1991). Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium. Oxford University Press. pp. 753–754. ISBN 978-0-19-504652-6.
  • Treadgold, Warren (2007). The early Byzantine Historians. Basingstoke. pp. 114ff.