John Skylitzes, commonly Latinized as Ioannes ( Scylitzes [a] Greek: ? , romanized: I?ánn?s Skylítz?s , [b] Byzantine Greek: ; [i.o'an.nis sc?y?'lit.d?zis] Latin: Ioannes Scyllitzes , [c] Medieval Latin: ; early 1040s - after 1101 [j?'an.ne?s sk?il'lit?.d?ze?s] ), was a  Greek historian of the late 11th century.
Very little is known about his life. The title of his work records him as a
and a former kouropalat?s , whereby he is usually identified with a certain John Thrakesios. droungarios of the Vigla 
His major work is the
Synopsis of Histories ( Greek: ? ), which covers the reigns of the ['sy?.nop.sis is.to.ri'on] Byzantine emperors from the death of Nikephoros I in 811 to the deposition of Michael VI in 1057; it continues the chronicle of Theophanes the Confessor. There is a continuation of this work, known as Scylitzes Continuatus covering 1057 to 1079; some historians hypothesize that it was also written by Skylitzes. 
The Madrid Skylitzes
The most famous manuscript of the Synopsis was produced in
Sicily in the 12th century known as the ( Madrid Skylitzes Latin: Skyllitzes Matritensis, ), and is now at the [sk?il'lit?.d?ze?s ma.t?ri'tn.sis] in Biblioteca Nacional de España Madrid. It features 574 miniatures, while some 100 have been lost, and is the only surviving Byzantine illuminated chronicle in Greek, providing an invaluable primary source for the visualization of contemporary Byzantium. 
^ a b c Kazhdan (1991), p. 1914
Thurn, Hans, ed. (1973). . Berlin-New York: De Gruyter. Ioannis Scylitzae Synopsis historiarum CS1 maint: ref=harv ( The Thurn edition supersedes the much older one by Migne, below. A popular edition is being prepared for Kanakis books (with parallel Modern Greek translation) and a facsimile edition of the link) Madrid is also available from Militos (?) Publishers.
AHRB Skylitzes Colloquium, Belfast, 21-22 September 2002, Institute for Byzantine Studies, Queen's University, Belfast.  John Wortley (trans.),
John Scylitzes, a synopsis of histories (811-1057 A.D.): a provisional translation, Centre for Hellenic Civilization, University of Manitoba, 2000. B. Flusin (trans.), J.-C. Cheynet (ed.),
Jean Skylitzès: Empereurs de Constantinople, Ed. Lethielleux, 2004, ISBN 2-283-60459-1.
Kazhdan, Alexander, ed. (1991). . Oxford University Press. p. 1914. Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium ISBN . 978-0-19-504652-6 W. Seibt:
Johannes Skylitzes: Zur Person des Chronisten, Jahrb. Österr. Byz. 25 (1976) 81-85. Eirini-Sophia Kiapidou, ? (811-1057). ? ? ? , ?thens 2010