Byzantine writer

Mazaris (Greek: Μάζαρις) was a 15th-century Byzantine Greek author who wrote a satire titled Mazaris' Journey to Hades.[1] Because his life is unknown, Mazaris has been loosely connected to two people with the same name: Manuel Mazaris, a hymnographer and protonotarios (or "chief notary") of Thessaloniki, and Maximus Mazaris, a monk and author of a book on rules of grammar.[2] Mazaris' Journey to Hades may have been written between January 1414 and October 1415.[3] It ridicules some Byzantine elites and exposes the evils of the lower classes in the Peloponnese.[3]




  • Mazaris (1975). Mazaris' Journey to Hades: Or, Interviews with Dead Men about Certain Officials of the Imperial Court (Seminar Classics 609). Buffalo, NY: Department of Classics, State University of New York at Buffalo.
  • Romano, Roberto (1999). La satira bizantina dei secoli XI-XV. Turin: Unione Tipografica.
  • Trapp, Erich (1985). Prosopographisches Lexikon der Palaiologenzeit. Vienna: Verlag der Österreichischen Akademie der Wissenschaften.