Text #5981The Chronicle of Zuqnin
524-525 The year eight hundred and thirty-six: Waters entered Edessa1
It seemed right to us not to conceal in silence the terror and great ruin that overtook Edessa, the metropolis of Osrhoene, during our time. That is to say, in the year eight hundred and thirty-six, when from this time on a decree of the Most High, as it is written, came into force respecting many people, a flood occurred in some places around the third hour of the night. While many were sleeping, many others bathing in the public bathhouse, and others still taking supper, huge torrents of water suddenly rushed through the river Daysan and found their way into […], which is in the middle of the city in which this river Daysan ran. Suddenly, in the darkness of the night, the city wall broke through from the top and blocked and held the flow of water behind it. And it rose up massively and went over all the marketplaces and all the houses of the city that were along the river. In one hour, or perhaps two, water filled the city and it was inundated, just as the water suddenly rushed through all the gates of the public bathhouses, and all those who were in it drowned. When people looked for the doors to get out and flee, the flood was seen going through the doors, submerging all those who were in the lower stories, and they all drowned and perished. And if there were people in upper stories who noticed and hastened in order to go down and flee, the flood faced them and they sank and suffocated. Houses that were not solid collapsed, and as people were in deep sleep and unaware, they fell and drowned in the same flood. Only those whom God the merciful wished to keep alive were saved, because their houses were firm and did not collapse, especially those that were built with stones and lime, in the whole sector that sloped downward towards the river. As for the high places that were located at the foot of the mountain, they also were saved.
Land, Anecdota III, 244. Chronicon Edess. XCI 10:27-11:9 , Ps.-Zacharias II 74:14-75:24 [203-204] and Michael IV 270-72 [II 179-80] agree on the date. Chronicon 724 150:6  dates it to S. 835 (523-524). James of Edessa 318:6-7  dates it to 196 = S. 832 (520-521) the same date of (another?) flood mentioned by Michael IV 266 [II 169]. Malalas 418 . [OF] ↩