The thirty-first patriarch of the See of (515-517). A nephew of , had a brief but dramatic reign. He was first installed under the auspices of the government authorities, but when this roused protests, he secured a more proper ecclesiastical enthronement. Nevertheless, riots followed in which the Prefect was killed. This brought down imperial punishment on the city and a number of executions. Dioscorus went to to intercede with and obtained pardon for Alexandria.

A visiting Westerner, Maximian, later , praised him as a good shepherd who was ready to lay down his life for his flock. However, at Constantinople, he was hooted at by supporters of the and had to leave the capital hastily. OF had sent Dioscorus greetings and assurance of his prayers on his way to Constantinople, also urging him to join in the policy of securing a formal on and the THE GREAT from converts, especially .


  • Frend, W. H. C. The Rise of the Movement, pp. 73,229. Cambridge, 1972.
  • Hardy, E. R. Christian Egypt, p. 120. New York, 1952.

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