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Belisarius (Scholasticus)
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Belisarius (5th cent. CE; Bellesarius in most mss.), called Scholasticus or rhetorician to distinguish him from the homonymous general who lived under Emperor Justinian (d. 565 CE), was a Christian Latin intellectual from the late 5th century CE. We know practically nothing about his life and career. His name, Belisarius, was originally a Thracian name; it was used in Visigothic Iberia and in the Italic kingdom of the Longobards (Wagner, 1984).

He is the author of an acrostic in praise of Sedulius’ poetry, placed by the manuscript tradition at the end of Sedulius’ works (CP…

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Ramelli, Ilaria L.E., “Belisarius (Scholasticus)”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 27 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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