Apostle and Heretic

Daniel Caner

in Wandering, Begging Monks

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2002 | ISBN: 9780520233249
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520928503 | DOI:
Apostle and Heretic

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Alexander was a Greek archimandrite who settled in Constantinople; he had come from the East with nearly a hundred followers. The way he handled his life became famous to all, for he was extremely zealous. Driven by this zealousness, Alexander denounced the magistrates every time he noticed them doing something reprehensible. Due to his acts, the magistrates wanted Alexander to be banished and to go back to his own country. Alexander, along with his brother, left the city and took refuge in the Apostles, close to the monastery of Hypatius. Violence then followed; the Bishop of Constantinople sent a mob to evict Alexander and his monks from the shrine. Many monks were wounded, who turned to Hypatius's monastery to ask for help; the Bishop of Chalcedon responded and dispatched a force to protect Alexander and his monks. Under military protection, Alexander and his monks found a monastery in Bosphorus.

Keywords: Alexander; Apostle; heretic; Constantinople; magistrates; Hypatius

Chapter.  14649 words. 

Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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