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Chazars

(199 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[German version] The C. (Turkish, roughly ‘vagabonds’) belong to the group of Turkish-Altaic peoples and are attested from the 3rd/4th cents. AD. Originally nomadic, in the 7th cent. they founded an autonomous empire reaching from the Black Sea to the Don. Their king (Qağan) was political and religious leader. Although they did not develop their own written language they left behind loan words in Arabic, Greek, Armenian, Georgian, Hebrew and Persian i.a. Their campaigns of conquest reached as far …

Sophronius

(224 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[German version] (Σωφρόνιος/ Sōphrónios). Patriarch of Jerusalem (634-638), Greek-Byzantine saint, poet and author. S. was probably from Damascus and taught rhetoric. He became a monk in Palestine and with his friend Iohannes [29] Moschus travelled to the monastic settlements there. As a staunch opponent of Monotheletism in 633 he tried but failed to persuade Cyrus of Phasis, patriarch of Alexandria [1], to abandon it. S. was able to agree a compromise with the patriarch of Constantinople (Sergios …

Amphilochius of Iconium

(125 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[German version] A. ( 340/345 in  Cappadocia, † after 394) was a student of  Libanius and rhetorician in Constantinople. In 370 he returned to Cappadocia and at the instigation of  Basilius the Great became bishop of  Iconium in the newly created province of  Lycaonia in 373. He created an ecclesiastical administration in his episcopacy and defended it against the  Messalians and other heretics. Through his cousin  Gregorius of Nazianze, who converted him, a close friendship developed with the Cappadocians and later with circles in the capital.  Gregorius of Nyssa Savvidis, Kyriak…

Synodikon

(110 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[German version] (Συνοδικόν; Synodikón). Liturgical formula of the Orthodox Church. The synodìkon originated in the period of iconoclasm in AD 843, on the initiative of Methodius, patriarch of Constantinople, as a document of the victory of the patriarchate over the iconoclasts (Syrian dynasty). It continued the tradition of the diptycha . At the beginning of the 11th cent., the synodìkon was granted the more general function of a liturgical formula, which contained a commemoration list of emperors and patriarchs (in the prov…

Laura

(112 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[German version] (λαύρα/ Laúra, ‘lane’). Originally a Christian monastic settlement of hermits under the leadership of a common superior. Around AD 330, Chariton (Χαρίτων) founded near Pharan, Douka and Souka in Palestine the first laúrai with cells (κελλία; kellía) and caves that were connected by a lane. In the centre of the facilities were the church, the bakery, storerooms as well as the home of the superior. The hermits only gathered for the service with the Eucharist. This type of monastery became definitive for Byzantine Chri…

Elishē

(118 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[German version] (Ełišē). Author of a history of the Vardanids and the Armenian wars in the Armenian language, describing the uprising of the Armenian people under the leadership of Vardan Mamikonyan against the Sassanid occupation forces in AD 450/1. However, E. did not himself witness the historical events which he describes, but is likely to have lived in the 6th cent. AD. It was his aim to provide a martyrological anchor for the foundation of the Armenian church.  Armenia;  Armenians, Armenian literature;  Sassanids Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum) Bibliography E. Ter-Minassjan, Va…

Syntomon

(90 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[German version] (σύντομον; sýntomon). As a specimen of Byzantine liturgical poetry the s. lies between the kontákion and the kanṓn [2], but without having achieved their popularity. In the liturgy of the Orthodox Church its four to nine strophes are inserted between the verses of psalms, and for this reason a s. is also called a stichērón (στιχηρόν). Presumably it can be traced to the poet and hymnographer Kyprianos (1st half of the 8th cent.). Hymn IV. Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum) Bibliography J. Szövérffy, A Guide to Byzantine Hymnography ..., 1979.

Euthymius I of Constantinople

(143 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[German version] (Εὐθύμιος; Euthýmidos) I of Constantinople (b. c. AD 834 in  Seleucia, d. 917). After a period as monk on the Bithynian  Olympus, he transferred to the monastery of St. Theodorus outside Constantinople. As the father confessor of Emperor  Leo VI, he became abbot of the monastery of Psamathias, which the emperor had built for him specifically. After the deposition of the patriarch of Constantinople,  Nicolaus I Mysticus, he assumed that office; in agreement with the other patriarchs and …

Alexius

(223 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[German version] A legend from  Edessa tells of a young Byzantine man (5th cent.) who left his wife on their wedding night to live an ascetic life [1. 36-44]. The figure of A., who became the archetype of the ascetic, was also known in Constantinople in the 9th cent., where Melodus († 833) composed a hymn in honour of A. The discovery of a Greek version that had escaped notice for a long period and which agrees in its main traits with a Syriac version of the 6th cent., but without being its translation [2. 56c], again raises the question of the original's language. Other Greek versions of the A.- vita…

Tabor

(174 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[German version] (Ταβώρ/ Tabṓr). Conically tapering mountain with a broad plateau at the peak (about 1,200 m × 400 m) in the Plain of Jezreel in Israel. According to Jos 19:22, the territories of the tribes of Zebulun, Issachar and Naphtali bordered on Mount T. In the Biblical texts, no indications are given of any cultic function of the mountain. Neither is there any connection with the cult of the Rhodian god Zeus Atabyrios ([1]; Rhodes). It has been possible to demonstrate Iron Age settlement [2…

Tarasius

(125 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[German version] (Ταράσιος; Tarásios). Patriarch of Constantinople ( c. AD 730-806), of noble descent, secretary to the empress Irene, who had him elected patriarch in 784 in connexion with her efforts to restore iconolatry. The Synod (Synodos II.D.) at Nicaea in 787, convened by him to solve the iconoclasm controversy (Syrian dynasty), was able at the second attempt to resolve to restore the worship of icons. It is to him that resolutions made at the synod are due; he had already written them in 754. Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum) Bibliography Editions: PG 98, 1424-1428 (Apologeticus)  PG …

Kontakion

(179 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[English version] (κοντάκιον, κονδάκιον; von κοντός, “Pergamentrolle”). Späterer Name für die Gattung byz. Hymnen, die seit dem 6. Jh.n.Chr. nachweisbar ist. Das K. besteht aus 18 bis 24 metrisch gleichen Strophen (sog. oíkoi, οἶκοι), denen das metrisch differierende Prooimion ( kukúlion, κουκούλιον) vorangestellt ist. Die einzelnen Strophen sind durch Akrostichis (Akrostichon) verbunden und haben einen gemeinsamen Refrain (das ephýmnion bzw. akroteleútion, ἐφύμνιον, ἀκροτελεύτιον). Kontakia sind verwandt mit den syr. madraša (Ephraem Syrus), …

Gennadios

(39 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[English version] Patriarch von Konstantinopolis 458-471 n.Chr. Als Verfechter der Synode von Chalkedon (Kalchedon) (451) bezog er Stellung gegen die Rezeption der Christologie des Kyrillos von Alexandreia. Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum) Bibliography F. Diekamp, Analecta Patristica, 1938, 54-72 (73-108).

Paphnutios

(112 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[English version] (Παφνούτιος), gest. um 360 n.Chr. P. war nach Sokrates (hist. eccl. 1,11) als Bischof der oberen Thebaïs am ersten Konzil von Nikaia [5] (325 n.Chr.) beteiligt. Während der Christenverfolgung, vielleicht unter Maximinus [1] Daia, verlor er ein Auge. Er genoß hohes Ansehen bei Kaiser Constantinus [1] und galt wegen seiner strengen monastischen Lebensführung als kirchliche Autorität. Unsicher ist, ob die ihm von Sokrates (l.c.) zugewiesenen Aussagen zum Zölibat der Priester (Beibehaltung der vor der Weihe geschlossenen Klerikerehen) auf ihn zurückgehen. Savvid…

Buch der Briefe

(103 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[English version] Armenische Sammlung wichtiger theolog. Briefe, die die Gesch. der armen. Kirche und ihre Beziehungen zu den Nachbarkirchen (Syrien, Georgien, Byzanz) dokumentieren, so die Trennung der georg. Kirche von der armen. um 600. Das B. ist in drei chronologische Phasen gegliedert: 5.-7., 8.-11. und 11.-13.Jh. Byzanz; Georgien; Syrien Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum) Bibliography Girk T̀`ġtoc`, 1901  E. Ter-Minassiantz, Die armen. Kirche in ihren Beziehungen zu den syr. Kirchen. Bis zum Ende des 13.Jh. Nach den armen. und syr. Quellen bearbeitet (Texte und Unt. 4), 1904  N.…

Katene

(64 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[English version] ( catena; συναγωγὴ/συλλογὴ ἐξηγήσεων; “Kette”). K. meint die florilegistisch aneinandergereihte, fortlaufende Kommentierung biblischer Schriften unterschiedlichen Umfangs. Dabei können die Auslegungen eines oder mehrerer Kirchenväter redaktionell durch den Kompilator überarbeitet werden und den Bezug zum urspr. Exzerpt verlieren. Florilegium; Scholia Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum) Bibliography U. und D. Hagedorn, Die älteren griech. Katenen zum Buch Hiob Bd. 1 (Patristische Texte und Stud. 40), 1994.

Chazaren

(183 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[English version] Die Ch. (türk., etwa “Vagabunden”) gehören zur Gruppe der turk-altaischen Völker und sind seit dem 3./4.Jh. n.Chr. bezeugt. Urspr. Nomaden, gründeten sie im 7.Jh. ein unabhängiges Reich, das vom Schwarzen Meer bis zum Don reichte. Der König (Qağan) war polit. und rel. Oberhaupt. Obwohl sie keine eigene Schriftsprache entwickelten, hinterließen sie Lehnwörter u.a. im Arab., Griech., Armen., Georg., Hebr. und Pers. In ihren Eroberungszügen drangen sie bis Chersonesos und bis zum h.…

Chronicon paschale

(159 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[English version] (Ἐπιτομὴ χρόνων). Das Ch. (auch Ch. Alexandrinum, Ch. Constantinopolitanum, Fasti Siculi, nach dem Fundort des Codex) wurde auf Betreiben des Patriarchen Sergios von einem Kleriker zw. 631 und 641 verfaßt. In der Einleitung enthält die ‘Osterchronik Erläuterungen zum Osterzyklus. Die Chronologie reichte urspr. von Adam bis zum J. 629, die Überlieferung bricht jedoch nach 628 ab. Der Chronist ist für die Ereignisse nach der Regierungszeit des Maurikios (602) Augenzeuge. Dokumentation und Er…

Athinganoi

(164 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[English version] (Ἀθίγγανοι). Die A. (“Unberührbare”, von θιγγάνω) werden als Häretiker, die zu den Paulikianern gezählt werden, zuerst von Patriarch Germanos (De haeres. et synodis, PG 98, 85) im 8.Jh. erwähnt. Sie werden nach ihrer Herkunft “Phryger” oder wegen ihren magischen und astrologischen Praktiken “Manichäer” genannt. Blüte im 9.Jh.; Anhänger fanden sich selbst in Palastkreisen (Michael II.). Sie unterstützten den Ikonoklasmus. Mehrere Versuche, sie zu integrieren, blieben ohne Erfolg. Astrologia; Magie; Mani; Phrygia Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum) Bibliography J…

Diatessaron

(258 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[English version] (τὸ διὰ τεσσάρων [εὐαγγέλιον]). Das D. stellt die erste uns bekannte Evangelienharmonie dar, die auf Tatianos zurückgeht. Dieser faßte im letzten Drittel des 2. Jh. die vier Evangelien in einer einheitlichen Darstellung zusammen, indem er die synoptische Überlieferung in den chronologischen Rahmen des Johannesevangeliums einbettete. Er verwendete z.T. auch apokryphes Material und ließ seine enkratitische, antijüd. und doketische (Doketen) Tendenz einfließen. Es ist noch nicht geklärt, ob das D. urspr. griech. oder syr., in Rom oder in Syri…
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