Alexandrian Synaxarion

Theophilus

THEOPHILUS The twenty-third patriarch of the See of Saint Mark (385-412). A complex and controversial patriarch, Theophilus was much admired for his many writings, his destruction of pagan temples and subsequent church-building program, as well as his important role as a mediator of schisms at Antioch, Bostra, and Jerusalem during the early part of his …

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Saint Bessarion

SAINT BESSARION A fourth-century anchorite. According to the short series of apothegms attributed to Bessarion in the alphabetical collection of the APOPHTHEGMATA PATRUM, the saint (festal date, 25 Misra) was a contemporary of JOHN OF LYCOPOLIS. He lived, therefore, for at least part of his life, in the second half of the fourth century, at …

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Isidorus Of Scetis, Saint

ISIDORUS OF SCETIS, SAINT A fourth-century monk and priest. The alphabetical collection of the APOPHTHEGMATA PATRUM devotes two distinct chapters to Isidorus and to Isidorus the priest, but apart from some extracts from ISIDORUS OF PELUSIUM, it appears that all the items relate to the same person: Isidorus “the great,” priest of Scetis, of whom …

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Agathon, Saint

AGATHON, SAINT Fourth-fifth century anchorite. The different collections of the APOPHTHEGMATA PATRUM include about fifty items in which an Abba Agathon appears, but it is justifiable to doubt whether they all concern the same person, for in a collection preserved in Ethiopic he is designated “Agathon the Great” (Collectio Monastica 13, 98; 14, 45) and …

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