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Balsamon, Theodoros
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(1110–1140, Constantinople – after 1195, Constantinople), a Byzantine canonist. As deacon of the Hagia Sophia, Balsamon combined the supreme authority for all affairs of the patriarchate (as its “Chartophylax”) with a juridical office in the service of the state (“Homophylax”). Having fallen out of favor after 1180, Balsamon became the patriarch of Antioch, although he never left the capital. His chief works – which remain fundamental for Orthodox canon law – are the commentaries on the Nomocanon 14 titulorum and on the Synodal and Patriarchal Canons.

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Ohme, Heinz, “Balsamon, Theodoros”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 30 March 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_01445>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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