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 George of Pisidia

The extant works

The extant works by George of Pisidia comprise more than 5,600 verses, most of which are written in iambic metre. Only De vita humana and the epigrams no. 11, 35 and 93 (Tartaglia) are written in hexameters. The 57 fragments of a possible third part of the Heraclias, 115 epigrams and a panegyric writing in prose complete his oeuvre.


In Heraclium ex Africa redeuntem

89 iambic verses

date: 610 / 611 CE

Heraclius' military coup against emperor Phokas

Expeditio Persica

1,088 iambic verses

date: 623 CE

Heraclius' first campaign against the Persians 622 / 623 CE

In Bonum patricium

168 iambic verses

date: 626 CE

Avar siege of Constantinople 626 CE

Bellum Avaricum

541 iambic verses

date: 626 CE ?

Avar siege of Constantinople 626 CE


471 iambic verses in 2 akroaseis and 57 fragments

date: 628 / 628 CE

Heraclius' victory over Khosrow II.

In restitutionem Crucis

116 iambic verses

date: 630 CE

restitution of the True Cross by emperor Heraclius

In Christi resurrectionem

129 iambic verses

date: ca. 630 CE

Heraclius' son and successor Heraclius Constantinus

Contra Severum

726 iambics

date: ca. 630 CE

patriarch Severus of Antioch as symbol for heresy


1,864 and 33 iambic verses

date: between 630 and 634 CE

panegyric on the six days of God's creation and on Heraclius

De vanitate vitae

261 iambic verses

date: before 638 CE

human life from a Christian viewpoint

De vita humana

90 hexameters

human life from a Christian viewpoint

In Alypium

121 iambic verses

date: after 630 CE

scoptic poem against Alypius


115 epigrams in iambic verses and hexameters

subjects: New Testament, saints, Christian buildings and works of art

Laudatio sancti Anastasii Persae


date: 630 / 631 CE

panegyric on a Persian martyr