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Anastasius Bibliothecarius

Anastasius Bibliothecarius  

(9th century), scholar. He was the best Greek scholar of his age in the W. and became Papal librarian (hence his title). He attended the final session of the Eighth Oecumenical Council (869–70) and ...
Dionysios the Areopagite

Dionysios the Areopagite   Reference library

Alexander Kazhdan and Nancy Patterson Ševčenko

The Oxford Dictionary of Byzantium

Reference type:
Subject Reference
Current Version:
2005
Subject:
History, Early history (500 CE to 1500)
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307 words
(Διονύσιος ὁ ᾽Αρεοπαγίτης), 1st-C. saint; feastday 3 Oct. Dionysios was a noble Athenian, a member of the supreme tribunal of the city, who was converted by St. Paul and selected by him as ... More
Energy

Energy  

(ἐνέργεια). According to Clement of Alexandria, Origen, Eusebios of Caesarea, and other church fathers, the activity of the Logos in creation and redemption derives ultimately from God the Father; it ...
Georgian

Georgian  

Very little Georgian literature has been translated into English, even though Georgian (first recorded in 430 ce) is one of the world's oldest and richest literary languages, and has scores ...
Hypatios

Hypatios  

Bishop of Ephesus (from 531); died ca.541. Early in his bishopric he presided at the conference convoked at Constantinople by Justinian I to reconcile Severos of Antioch and the Monophysites ...
intellect

intellect  

"Intellect", intellectus, means firstly the content of the operation of knowledge and then the supreme faculty or power of knowledge in man. The meaning of faculty and that of object ...
John Scholastikos

John Scholastikos  

Neo-Chalcedonian theologian, bishop of Skythopolis (ca.536–50).John tried to reconcile the statements of the Council of Chalcedon with the teaching of Cyril of Alexandria but was attacked by a ...
John VIII Palaiologos

John VIII Palaiologos  

(1392–1448),Emperor of Byzantium. He was made co-emperor before 1408, regent and emperor-designate (αὐ̑τοκράτωρ) on 19 January 1421, and emperor in mid-1425, in succession to his father Manuel II. In ...
Kiprian

Kiprian  

(Cyprian), metropolitan of “Rhosia” (1375–1406); born ca.1330, died 16 Sept. 1406.Kiprian was one of the leading figures in the cultural movement generally associated with hesychasm. Bulgarian by ...
Light

Light  

Medieval theories concerning light were long influenced by the neoplatonist system of thought. Light (lumen) had its origin in the stars and heavenly bodies, whose rays reached the sublunary world ...
Maximos the Confessor

Maximos the Confessor  

Theologian and saint; baptismal name Moschion; born 580. According to the 10th-C. enkomion by a Stoudite monk, Michael Exaboulites (W. Lackner, AB 85 [1967] 312), Maximos was born in Constantinople ...
Mysterion

Mysterion  

(μυστήριον), term used to designate any of a number of secret cults of Greco-Roman antiquity, such as the Eleusinian mysteries, Mithraism, and veneration of Isis. Enormously varied, mysteria included ...
Niketas David Paphlagon

Niketas David Paphlagon  

Writer of the late 9th to early 10th C.Despite attempts to distinguish several writers of this name (J. Darrouzès, REB 18 [1960] 126f), it now seems established that he ...
Niketas Stethatos

Niketas Stethatos  

Theologian, monk, and probably, at the end of his life, hegoumenos of Stoudios; born 1005?, died Constantinople ca.1090.A disciple of Symeon the Theologian, Stethatos (Στηθα̑τος) wrote his vita and ...
Nonnos of Panopolis

Nonnos of Panopolis  

One of the many poets who came from late Roman Egypt. The life of Nonnos (Νόννος) is obscure; his career is usually dated to the first half of the 5th ...
Peter the Iberian

Peter the Iberian  

Early Georgian monk and bishop; pre-baptismal name Murvan; born Georgia 409?, died Jamnia, Palestine, 488? Son of the king of Georgia, he was sent at age 12 to Constantinople as ...
Serbia

Serbia  

A country which has dominated the history of the western Balkan region since the early twentieth century.Early history (until 1992)After several uprisings, Serbia became autonomous within the Ottoman ...
Taxis

Taxis  

(τάξις, “order”), an essential concept that penetrated the Byz. understanding of themselves and their world, as evidenced by the term's polyvalency: taxis designates realities ranging from “rank, ...
Theosis

Theosis  

(θέωσις), or deification in the Byz. tradition, is the goal of man to which he is naturally destined and which is realized through the grace of God. In a Christian ...
theurgy

theurgy  

Was a form of pagan religious magic taken up by the later Neoplatonists. It covered a range of magical practices, from rain‐making and cures to animating statues of the gods. Like other forms of ...

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