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Alexander the Akoimetos

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Archimandrite and saint; died Gomon, Bithynia, ca.430; feastday 20 Feb., although not included in the Synaxarion of Constantinople. An islander by birth, Alexander was educated in...

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Atticus

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

(d. 425), Patr. of Constantinople from 406.

Though a bitter opponent of St John Chrysostom, he realized that the quarrel with Rome over Chrysostom's condemnation weakened the...

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Barlaam of Calabria

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

(c.1290–1350) Italian humanist and Orthodox theologian, who advocated ecclesiastical union with Rome.

He left Calabria for Constantinople in 1330 and became abbot of the Soter...

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Bogomils

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

A member of a heretical medieval Balkan sect professing a modified form of Manichaeism. The name is recorded from the mid 19th century, and comes from medieval Greek Bogomilos, from Bogomilnull...

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Demonology

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Byz. demonology is substantially derived from the patristic synthesis laid down by John of Damascus. Witch hunts appear not to have taken place, as in the West, but there was ...

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Diadochos

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

(Διάδοχος), bishop of Photike in Epiros, prominent opponent of Monophysitism in the 450s; born ca.400, died before 486.

Little else is known, though a possible connection with...

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Markellos the Akoimetos

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

Saint; born in Syrian (?) Apameia ca.400, died near Constantinople before 484; feastday 29 Dec. Born to a family of noble birth (eupatrides), Markellos was educated in Antioch and worked ...

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Michael Psellus

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

(1018–c.1078)

Constantine Psellus (Psellos), who later became the monk Michael, was born at Constantinople. Brought up by his mother whom he greatly admired (he wrote her Funeral...

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Peter the Fuller

Overview page. Subjects: Christianity — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).

(d. 488),

Patr. of Antioch. According to an uncertain tradition, he was a monk in the house of the Acoemetae at Constantinople, where he practised as a fuller. Expelled because of...

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St Amphilochius

Overview page. Subjects: Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500) — Christianity.

(c.340–95),

Bp. of Iconium from 373. A cousin of Gregory Nazianzus, he was president of the Council of Side (390) which excommunicated the Messalians. His Iambics for Seleucus...

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