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Nicephorus the Hesychast
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(died before 1300), teacher of the Hesychast prayer and an opponent of union with Rome. Nicephorus was a Catholic from southern Italy who converted to the Orthodox faith and attained great fame as a Hesychast and spiritual father on Mount Athos. He was arrested in the spring of 1276 for opposing the unionist policies of Michael VIII Palaeologus and put on trial in Constantinople; he was then taken to Akko and tried a second time under the papal legate Thomas Agni OP. Banished to Cyprus, he was released as early as 1277 and returned to Mount Athos. Nicephorus influenced Gregory P…

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Flogaus, Reinhard, “Nicephorus the Hesychast”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 07 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_024105>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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