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Zosimus (Historian)
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Zosimus (fl. 450–500 CE) can be dated to the second half of the 5th or in the first two decades of the 6th century CE. Before writing his history, he had been a counsel to the crown (advocatus fisci), the highest position for a barrister, and he carried the honorary title of comes (“count”). He must therefore have been well trained in rhetoric and law. His history is entitled νέα ἱστορία/nea historia (New History), the meaning of which is unclear (contemporary history? history of a new kin…

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Nuffelen, Peter Van, “Zosimus (Historian)”, in: Brill Encyclopedia of Early Christianity Online, General Editor David G. Hunter, Paul J.J. van Geest, Bert Jan Lietaert Peerbolte. Consulted online on 02 March 2024 <>
First published online: 2018

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