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Severus of Antioch
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(c. 465 Sociopolis, Pisidia – Feb 8, 538, Xois, Egypt), Syrian Orthodox patriarch of Antioch (512–518) and leading Monophysite. After extensive study in Alexandria and Beirut, he initially became a monk in Palestine. In Constantinople after 508, he won the confidence of the emperor Anastasius, who favored the Monophysites, and was made patriarch of Antioch in 512. Deposed when Emperor Justin I came to the throne in 518, Severus went into exile. Attempts at reconciliation undertaken by Justinian I failed. When Severus returned to Co…

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Rist, Josef, “Severus of Antioch”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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