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Romanos the Melodist
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Little is known with certainty about the life of Romanos the Melodist (or “Melode”; b. late 5th cent., d. after 555 CE, probably before 562 CE); the earliest biographical details come from 9th–11th-century liturgical texts (collected in Grosdidier de Matons, 1977, 160–162). These texts agree that Romanos was born in Emesa in Syria and that he was a deacon at the Church of the Resurrection in Berytus bef…

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Gador-Whyte, Sarah, “Romanos the Melodist”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 26 September 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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