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Simeon of Beth-Arsam
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(Shemʿōn; probably born in Beth-Arsam – before 548, Constantinople), Monophysite missionary (Monophysites) in Sassanian Mesopotamia; after a religious disputation with the Nestorian Catholicos Baḇai (497–502/503), he was made bishop. He often stayed in Ḥīra and at the Sasanid court, where he learned more about the persecution of Christians by the Himyarite king Yūsuf Asʾar Yat̠ʾar (517–525). Probably the Liber Homeritarum, a description of the persecution, was written by Simeon. He died during a visit to the empress Theodora (died 548) in Constantinople.

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Tubach, Jürgen, “Simeon of Beth-Arsam”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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