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Zosimus

Greek historian. Little is known of his life except that he had been advocatus fisci (lawyer acting for the central imperial treasury) and obtained the dignity of comes (‘count’). His ...

Zosimus

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (3 ed.)

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2014
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47 words

... (later 5th cent.), Greek historian . His history of the Roman Empire, extending to 410, is a primary source for the secular history of the 4th cent. Because of its pagan viewpoint, it serves as a corrective to the better-known accounts of ecclesiastical affairs in Christian...

Zosimus

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Carol Harrison and Bogdan-Gabriel Draghici

The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (4 ed.)

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2022
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Religion
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246 words

... (later 5th cent. ) Gk historian . He held an administrative post at Constantinople . His history of the Roman empire, in six books, going down to 410 and written after 425, prob. c. 500, is one of the primary sources for the secular history of the 4th cent. Though based throughout on earlier histories, esp. those of the Neoplatonists Eunapius and Olympiodorus, whose philosophical interests Zosimus shared, the history has a special interest because, without intentional distortion of facts, its author consistently developed a pagan and...

Zosimus

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The Concise Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (3 ed.)

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2014
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Religion
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89 words

... ( d. 418 ), Bp. of Rome from 417. His pontificate was marked by blunders. Having reopened the case of Pelagius and his supporters, he was forced by an Imperial edict to come into line with the views of St Augustine and the African Church and condemn Pelagianism. He was again outmanoeuvred when, citing as Nicene a canon which belonged to the Council of Sardica , he tried to quash the sentence passed on Apiarius by the Bp. of Sicca. Feast day, 26...

Zosimus

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Bogdan Tătaru-Cazaban

The Oxford Dictionary of the Christian Church (4 ed.)

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2022
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Religion
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... O. Wermelinger , ‘Das Pelagiusdossier in der Tractoria des Zosimus’, Freiburger Zeitschrift für Philosophie und Theologie 26 (1979), 336–68. M. Lamberigts , ‘Augustine and Julian of Aeclanum on Zosimus’, Augustiniana 42 (1992), 311–30. J. E. Merdinger , Rome and the African Church in the Time of Augustine (New Haven and London, 1997), esp. 112–30, with notes 223–30. L. Dalmon , ‘Le Pape Zosime et la tradition juridique romaine’, Eruditio Antiqua 1 (2009), 141–54. G. D. Dunn , ‘Zosimus and Ravenna: Conflict in the Roman Church in the Early Fifth...

Zosimus

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John F. Matthews

Who's Who in the Classical World

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2003
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Classical studies, History
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337 words

... , Greek historian. Little is known of his life except that he had been advocatus fisci (lawyer acting for the central imperial treasury) and obtained the dignity of comes (‘count’). His identification with either the sophist Zosimus of Ascalon or the sophist Zosimus of Gaza is very unlikely. He wrote a history ( Historia nova ) of the Roman empire from Augustus reaching as far as ad 410 , where his extant text terminates just before the sack of Rome by Alaric . He completed his work after 498, if indeed he refers to the abolition of the auri...

Zosimus

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John F. Matthews

The Oxford Classical Dictionary (4 ed.)

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2012
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Classical studies, History
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397 words

... , Greek historian. Little is known of his life except that he had been advocatus fisci ( see fiscus ) and obtained the dignity of comes ( see comites ). His identification with either the sophist Zosimus of Ascalon or the sophist Zosimus of Gaza is very unlikely ( see second sophistic ). He wrote a history ( Historia nova ) of the Roman empire from Augustus reaching as far as ad 410 , where his extant text terminates just before the sack of Rome by Alaric . He completed his work after 498, if indeed he refers to the abolition of the auri...

Zo'simus

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The Oxford Companion to Classical Literature (3 ed.)

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Current Version:
2011
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Literature, Classical studies
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96 words

... (late fifth century ad ) Greek historian, author of an extant history, in Greek in six books, of the Roman empire from Augustus to ad 410 (just before the sack of Rome by the Visigoths under Alaric). Book 1 summarizes the events of the first three centuries of the empire, books 2–4 give a fuller account of the fourth century, and books 5 and 6 cover the years 395–410 , for which Zosimus is the most important source. Being a pagan he attributes the decline of the empire to the rejection of the pagan...

Zosimus, St

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A Dictionary of Popes (3 ed.)

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2015
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Religion
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890 words

...aroused resentment in Gaul, but Zosimus, influenced by Patroclus, rejected protests, even deposing ( 5 Mar. 418 ) Bishop Proculus of Marseilles when he proved recalcitrant. A letter to Hesychius of Salona ( d. c. 429 ), metropolitan of Dalmatia, suggests that the pope had plans for establishing similar vicariates there and, probably, in the western church generally. His intervention in the Pelagian controversy was even more clumsy. Despite Innocent I's recent censure of Pelagius and his disciple Caelestius, Zosimus reopened the question and allowed...

Zosimus of Syracuse

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The Oxford Dictionary of Saints (5 ed.)

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2011
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203 words

... of Syracuse ( d. c. 660 ), monk and bishop . The son of Sicilian landowners, Zosimus was offered to the monastery of St Lucy at the age of seven, where he was deputed to watch at the saint's relics. This was uncongenial to a boy accustomed to the open-air life of a farm and he ran away to his home. Brought back in disgrace, he experienced a menacing vision of Lucy , who, however, was appeased by the gracious Madonna who accepted his promise not to neglect his duty again. He settled down, became a good monk, and was forgotten for thirty years. When...

Zosimus of Panopolis

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Thomas Hofmeier

The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity

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2018

...Trismegistus , and Maria. Unfortunately the numerous works of Zosimus are preserved only in sparse fragments in Greek , Syriac , and Arabic , mostly as quotations by later commentators such as Olympiodorus . Thomas Hofmeier PLRE I, Zosimus 1. ed. M. Berthelot and Ch.-Em. Ruelle in Collection Alchimistes (1888; repr. 1963), III, 3ème partie, i–lvi, 108–252; FT (annotated): II, 3ème partie, i–lvi, 117–242. ed. M. Mertens (with FT), Alchimistes Grecs , IV/1 (1995). B. Hallum , Zosimus Arabus: The Arabic/Islamic Reception of Zosimos of Panopolis ,...

Zosimus the historian

Zosimus the historian (435–c.501)   Reference library

Roger C. Blockley

The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity

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2018

... the historian ( c . 435– c .501 ) Described by Photius (cod. 98) as a comes and advocatus fisci and called by the Excerpta a native of Ascalon in Palestine (perhaps through confusion with a contemporary rhetorician also called Zosimus), Zosimus is the author of a so-called New History , of which five books survive complete (except for a considerable lacuna at the end of the first book and the beginning of the second) and a brief sixth which stops abruptly just before Alaric ’s capture of Rome in 410. Zosimus mentions the tax called collatio...

Zosimus

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(d. 418), Bp. of Rome from 417. His pontificate was marked by blunders. Having reopened the case of Pelagius and his supporters, he was forced by an Imperial edict to come into line with the views of ...
Zosimus

Zosimus  

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Greek historian. Little is known of his life except that he had been advocatus fisci (lawyer acting for the central imperial treasury) and obtained the dignity of comes (‘count’). His identification ...
Zosimus of Syracuse

Zosimus of Syracuse  

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(d. c.660),monk and bishop. The son of Sicilian landowners, Zosimus was offered to the monastery of St Lucy at the age of seven, where he was deputed to watch at the saint's relics. This was ...
Prokonnesos

Prokonnesos  

(Προικόννησος, mod. Marmara), the largest island in the Sea of Marmara, close to the city of Kyzikos. It was famous for its marble quarries, which continued production during the late ...
Apiarius

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A priest in proconsular Africa who was deposed by his bishop for misconduct. The incident is important in connection with the growth of Papal jurisdiction. Apiarius appealed to Pope Zosimus (417–18), ...
Eunapios of Sardis

Eunapios of Sardis  

Pagan writer and historian; born Sardis 345/6 (PLRE 1:296) or 349 (R. Goulet, JHS 100 [1980] 67), died after 414. Eunapios (Εὑνάπιος) lived mainly in Sardis, apart from five student ...
Paulinus

Paulinus  

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(4th–5th cent.),biographer of St Ambrose. A deacon of the Church of Milan, he became Ambrose's secretary in his later years and was with him at the time of his ...
tractoria

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Originally a ‘letter of summons’, the word was also applied to letters containing the decisions of Councils.
Herennius Dexippus, Publius

Herennius Dexippus, Publius  

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Athenian notable and historian (3rd cent. ad), author of (1) an account of the Successor-period (Τὰ μετὰ Ἀλέξανδρον), lost; (2) a History from mythical times to ad 269/70 in twelve ...

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