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Barlaam of Calabria
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(c. 1290, Seminara, Calabria – 1348, Avignon) came to Constantinople as a monk in 1325, where he conducted a debate over philosophy and astronomy in 1330. He discussed theological issues with legates from Pope John XXI in 1334/1335 and wrote a series of treatises directed against the Filioque and papal primacy. He used a political mission to Avignon (1339) as an opportunity for unification discussions (Unions with Rome) with Benedict XII. After his return, he resumed the polemic against the Divine Energies doctrine of Gregory Palamas, which he already begun in 133…

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Podskalsky, Gerhard, “Barlaam of Calabria”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 17 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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