Yahya of Antioch


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

He was most likely born in Fatimid Egypt. He became a physician, but the anti-Christian pogroms of Caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah (r. 996–1021) forced him to flee to Byzantine-held Antioch.[1]

His chief work is a continuation of Eutychius' Annals, stretching from 938 to 1034. Drawing on a variety of sources, his history deals with events in the Byzantine Empire, 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 ca. 1066.[1]

His history was published, edited and translated by I. Kratchkovsky and A. Vasiliev into French in Volumes 18, 23, and 47 of the Patrologia Orientalis, and into Italian.

  • Volume 18 of the Patrologia Orientalis, including the first part (sections 1-135) of Yahya's history, at the Internet Archive (pp. 698–833)
  • Volume 23 of the Patrologia Orientalis, including the second part (sections 136-312) of Yahya's history, at the Internet Archive (pp. 346–520)


  1. ^ 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.


  • Micheau, Françoise (1998). "Les guerres arabo-byzantines vues par Yaḥyā d'Antioche, chroniqueur arabe melkite du Ve /XIe siècle". ΕΥΨΥΧΙΑ. Mélanges offerts à Hélène Ahrweiler. Byzantina Sorbonensia (in French). Paris: Éditions de la Sorbonne. pp. 541–555. ISBN 9782859448301.