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Illumination from the manuscript "Madrid Skylitzes", ms. Graecus Vitr. 26-2, f. 134r, 12th century, Biblioteca Nacional de España, Madrid.
The Synopsis of Histories (Σύνοψις Ἱστοριῶν) by John Skylitzes, commonly known as "Madrid Skylitzes" from its current location, is the only surviving illustrated manuscript of a Greek chronicle. Starting from the reign of the Byzantine emperor Nicephorus I in 811, the manuscript narrates up until the deposition of Michael IV in 1057.