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Cydones, Demetrius
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(c. 1324/1325, Thessaloniki – 1398, Crete), Byzantine minister of state, humanist, translator and theologian, and a productive author in many areas. So as to be able to dispense with translators in political negotiations, he learned Latin at the inspiration of a Dominican from Pera using the Summe contra Gentiles of Thomas Aquinas, which he later translated into Greek along with other works of Latin theology (from Augustine to Anselm of Canterbury to the Summa theologiae of Thomas and an anti-Islamic tractate) and defended in his own writings (esp. on the Filioque ) als…

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Podskalsky, Gerhard, “Cydones, Demetrius”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 19 November 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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