St Simeon Metaphrastes

(fl. c. 960)

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Byzantine hagiographer. He owes his fame to his collection of saints' Lives (‘Menologion’). A few of the Lives were simply copied from earlier collections, but most of them were worked over (‘metaphrased’; hence his name) to make their style acceptable to the taste of the time. The continuation of the Chronicle of George Hamartolus to 948 is ascribed in some Greek MSS and in the Old Church Slavonic translation to Simeon Logothetes, who has often been identified with Simeon Metaphrastes, but the identification is now disputed. Feast day in the E., 9 or 28 Nov.

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

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