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Socrates Scholasticus
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Socrates Scholasticus (fl. 5th cent. CE) is the author of an ecclesiastical history written in Greek and covering the period between 306 and 439 CE.

Life and Work

The history is the only known work of Socrates and the sole contemporary source for his life. The historian tells his audience that he was born and educated in Constantinople (Socr. Hist. eccl. 5.24.9). He also mentions the grammarians Helladius and Ammonius, who instructed him in that city after they fled the …

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Young-Evans, G.I., “Socrates 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 06 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2018

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