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Chronicon paschale

(172 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[German version] (Ἐπιτομὴ χρόνων; Epitomè chrónōn). The chronicon paschale (also chronicon Alexandrinum, chronicon Constantinopolitanum, Fasti Siculi, according to where the particular codex was discovered) was written by a cleric between 631 and 641 at the instigation of the patriarch  Sergius. In its introduction, the ‘Easter Chronicle contains explanations of the Easter cycle. The chronology originally went from Adam to the year 629, but the record breaks off after 628. The chronicler is an eyewitness to ev…

Armenians, Armenian literature

(347 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[German version] The A. refer to themselves as hayk', while the term A. is used by the Persians (Behistun inscription) and the Greeks (Herodotus and Xenophon). In the 6th cent. BC, the A. immigrated and intermixed with the autochthonous Urartians. After enduring Median, Persian, Macedonian and Seleucid domination, the A. King Artashes won the fight for independence in AD 189. Following the Christianization of the country, Armenian literature (AL) emerged in the early 5th cent., with Maštoc's ( Mesrop in…

Book of Letters

(107 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[German version] Armenian collection of important theological letters, documenting the history of the Armenian church and its relations with neighbouring churches (Syria, Georgia, Byzantium), such as the separation of the Georgian church from the Armenian in c. 600. The Book of Letters is divided into three chronological phases: 5th-7th, 8th-11th and 11th-13th cents.  Byzantium;  Georgia;  Syria 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.…

Šīrīn

(66 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum) [German version] [1] Persian martyr, died in 599 (Σιρή; Sirḗ). Persian martyr, died 559 AD. S. was the daughter of a respected Persian magus, who after her conversion to Christianity was publicly executed by hanging under the Persian king Chosroes [5] I. Bibliography P. Devos, Saint Šīrīn Martyr Khosrau Ier Avrošarvan, in: Analecta Bollandiana 64, 1946, 87-131. [German version] [2] see Schirin See Shirin.

Paphnutius

(126 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[German version] (Παφνούτιος; Paphnoútios), died around AD 360. According to Socrates [9] (Hist. eccl. 1,11), P. attended the first Council of Nicaea [5] (AD 325) as bishop of Upper Thebias. During the persecution of Christians, perhaps under Maximinus [1] Daia, he lost an eye. He was held in high regard by emperor Constantinus [1] and considered an ecclesiastical authority because of his strict monastic lifestyle. It is uncertain whether remarks attributed to him by Socrates ( loc. cit.) regarding the celibacy of priests (retention of clerical marriages entered into pri…

Abdias

(125 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[German version] A collection of apocryphal acts of the Apostles in Latin ( Historia Certaminis Apostolici or Historiae Apostolicae) frequently used in the MA, is attributed to A., supposedly the first bishop of  Babylon and a contemporary of  Origenes. It consists of 10 books purportedly compiled in Hebrew by A. and then translated by  Eutropius into Greek and by Julius, who was known to write in Greek, into Latin. However, the collection presupposes  Rufinus' History and must have been created in the 6th-7th cents.  Apocrypha Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum) Bibliography W. Smith and H. …

Apophthegmata patrum

(215 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[German version] (Ἀποφθέγματα πατρῶν; Apophthégmata patrôn). Anonymous collection of ‘Patristic sayings’ belonging to the most copied works of early monasticism. It contains short anecdotes of early monastic life and the   anachoresis in the Egyptian desert. They are teachings, prophetic predictions and miraculous acts that describe the daily routine of the monks. Particularly characteristic of the apophthegmata patrum are those sayings that are formulaically introduced by the plea of a believer who petitioned the anchorite in search of advice: ‘Tell …

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…

Sinai

(194 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[German version] (Σινᾶ/ Sinâ, Σινά/ Siná, Σεινά/ Seiná, later also Σιναΐ/ Sinaḯ, Latin Sina; Hebrew sīnay). Mountain in the wilderness of the same name, where the Covenant between Yahweh and Israel was made. S. is primarily attested in the Old Testament; in the New Testament Σινᾶ occurs only in Acts 7,30 and 38 and Gal 4,2; the etymology is debatable. Presumably S. is derived from the Hebrew root sny, 'shine' [1. 52033]. S. often occurs with the later additions 'Mount', 'Desert'. Euseb. On. 172,9 f. distinguished S. from Mount Horeb (Χωρήβ/ Chōrḗb), for Jerome (ibid. 173,15 f.) the …

Eznik of Kolp

(246 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[German version] (Kołp). Pupil of  Mesrop. His student colleague Koriwn gives some details about E.'s biography in the Vita of Mesrop. According to him, in around AD 406 E. goes to  Edessa [2] (= Urfa) on behalf of his teacher and Katholikos  Sahak in order to learn Syriac and to translate works by the Syrian church fathers into Armenian. Together with Koriwn he brought around 435 Greek biblical manuscripts, manuscripts by the church fathers, and the Acts of the Synods of  Nicaea and  Ephesus from…

Potamiaena

(117 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[German version] (Ποταμιαίνα/ Potamiaína). Martyr (died c. AD 360; feast 7 or 28 June). Pupil of Origenes [1] in Alexandria. According to an account by Eusebius [7] (Eus. HE 6,4) she suffered martyrdom under Septimius Severus (193-211). She converted the soldier Basileides who escorted her to her execution. Together with her mother Marcella she was executed by having hot pitch poured over her. After three days she is supposed to have appeared to Basileides, who was arrested for his conversion and then also martyred. Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum) Bibliography J. Bollandus, G. Henscheniu…

Mesrop

(287 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[German version] Known as Maštoc in the older MSS and in the vita written by his student Koriwn. His date of birth ( c. AD 360/364) and his descent from the influential family of the Mamikonians are uncertain. Born in Katzikk in the Armenian province of Tarawn, M. received a Hellenic education. After military service under the Armenian king - either Chosrov III ( Chosroes [4]) or his lieutenant Arawan - in Vagharshapat, he became a secretary at the Armenian royal court between 385 and 389. Between 390 and 395, the Armenian Patriarch Sahak [Isaac] the Great ( c. 457-438) made him a monk. Af…

Iberians

(89 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[German version] (Ἴβηροι/ Íbēroi, Ἴβηρες/ Íbēres). I. and Iberia (Ἰβηρία/ Ibēría), as terms for the inhabitants and country of East Georgia, occur only in Graeco-Roman and Byzantine sources; possibly etymologically related to virkʿ (Armenian) or Sáspeires (Σάσπειρες, Hdt. 4,37; 40) [1. 146]. Iberia was bordered in the north by  Sarmatia, in the west by  Colchis, in the south by Greater Armenia ( Armenia) and in the east by  Albania [1] (Ptol. 5,10,1f.). Armenia;  Georgia, Georgians;  Georgian Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum) Bibliography 1 O. Lordkipanidse, Archäologie in Geor…

Diatessaron

(285 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[German version] (τὸ διὰ τεσσάρων [εὐαγγέλιον]; tò dià tessárōn [euangélion]). The Diatessaron is the earliest extant harmonization of the gospels, dating back to Tatian, who in the latter third of the 2nd cent. combined the four canonical gospels into one homogenous presentation by embedding the synoptic tradition within the chronological framework of the gospel of John. He also used some apocryphal material and furthermore showed his encratitic, anti-Jewish, and docetic ( Docetics) leanings. Whether the Diatessaron was originally written in Greek or Syriac, in Rom…

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…

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 …

Troparion

(139 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[German version] (τροπάριον/ tropárion, from τρόπος/ trópos in the sense of 'mode, note'). Originally a short strophe in free-rhythm Byzantine prose with the character of a prayer and a melody resembling psalmody. The troparion was present at the beginning of  Byzantine hymnography (Hymnos IV.) and was initially sung in antiphony to every verse of a psalm. From the 5th cent. it was expanded and integrated into the ending of psalms (between the 3-6 last verses). It also found entry into the kontákion and the kanṓn [2]. For the most part transmitted anonymously, the troparion experienced…

Sahak

(308 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[German version] (Isaac). S. I (the Great), born between AD 340 and 350, died AD 438/9. Patriarch of Armenia, son of the patriarch Nerses the Great; last representative of the Gregorians (descendants of Gregory the Illuminator, Armenia [B]). S. grew up in Constantinople and studied there. Named patriarch of the Armenian Church in 387 in a time of internal conflict after Armenia was divided between Byzantium and Persia, his election was intended to reinforce Armenia's ties to Byzantium to counter t…

Paulicians

(316 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[German version] (Παυλικιανοί/ Paulikianoí; Armenian Pawlikeank'). Heretical Christian group of Armenian origin in the Byzantine Empire, whose teachings survive only in secondary sources of Orthodox polemic. The accounts of the Armenian katholikós John of Odzun (8th cent. AD) and of Petros Sikeliotes (9th cent. AD) are particularly important. According to these the Paulicians were described as an offshoot from the Manichaeans (Mani), whose dualistic doctrine postulated only an individualistic approach to faith and rejected the OT (Bible), the sacraments ( sacramentum

Maronites

(140 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[German version] Christian religious community going back to the Syrian hermit Maro(n) (Μάρω(ν)/ Márō(n), Syriac Morun; 4th/5th cent. AD), the patron saint of a monastery on the Orontes near Apamea [3] in Syria, which became the centre of the resistance against the Monophysitism. After the death of the patriarch Anastasius II (died 609), the Antiochene ( Antioch [1]) patriarchal see remained vacant (Persian invasions); in 636, the region came under Arab rule. Its isolation in terms of geography and Church poli…

Athingani

(165 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[German version] (Ἀθίγγανοι; Athínganoi). The A. (‘Untouchables’, from θιγγάνω) are mentioned as heretics who are counted as Paulicians, first by Patriarch  Germanus (De haeres. et synodis, PG 98, 85) in the 8th cent. They are called ‘Phrygians’ because of their origins or ‘Manichaeans’ because of their magical and astrological practices. Flourishing in the 9th cent.; found followers even in palace circles ( Michael II). They supported  iconoclasm. Several attempts to integrate them remained unsuccessful.  Astrology;  Magic;  Mani;  Phrygia Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum) Bibli…

Synaxarion

(131 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
(συναξάριον; synaxárion). [German version] [1] Short life Short life or encomiastic note in the menaea of the Orthodox Church's órthros (ὄρθρος, 'morning service') between the 6th and 7th odes of the canon [2], which together with the synaxarion characterize services on saints' days and feasts. Structure: month, epigram in iambic verse, naming of the saint and the feast, hexameter on the date and name, historical note, mention of the church commemorating the saint, life of the saint. Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum) [German version] [2] Book with short lives Book containing the synaxária

Kontakion

(198 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[German version] (κοντάκιον, κονδάκιον; kontákion, kondákion; from κοντός, ‘parchment roll’). Name given in later times to a genre of Byzantine hymns documented first in the 6th cent. AD. The kontakion consists of 18 to 24 metrically equal stanzas (so-called oíkoi, οἶκοι), preceded by the metrically differing prooemium ( koukoúlion, κουκούλιον). The individual stanzas are connected by acrostichs ( Acrostich) and have a common refrain (the ephýmnion or akroteleútion, ἐφύμνιον, ἀκροτελεύτιον). Kontakia are related to the Syrian madraša ( Ephrem Syrus), …

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…

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.

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…

Abdias

(121 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[English version] Unter dem Namen A., angeblich erster Bischof von Babylon und Zeitgenosse des Origenes, ist eine lat. überlieferte Sammlung apokrypher Apostelgeschichten ( Historia Certaminis Apostolici oder Historiae Apostolicae) bekannt, die im MA oft rezipiert wurde. Sie umfaßt 10 Bücher und soll von A. hebr. verfaßt, von Eutropios ins Griech. und von Julius, der bekanntlich griech. schrieb, ins Lat. übertragen worden sein. Die Sammlung setzt jedoch die Gesch. Rufins voraus und muß im 6.-7. Jh. entstanden sein. Apokryphen Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum) Bibliography W. Smith u…

Sahak

(293 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[English version] (Isaak). S. I. (der Große), geb. zw. 340 und 350 n. Chr., † 438/9 n. Chr. Patriarch von Armenien, Sohn des Patriarchen Nerses d.Gr. und letzter Vertreter der Gregoriden (Nachfahren von Gregor dem Erleuchter, Armenia B.). S. wuchs in Konstantinopolis auf und studierte dort. Nach der Teilung Armeniens zw. Byzanz und Persien wurde er 387, in einer Zeit der inneren Zerrissenheit des Landes, zum Patriarchen der armenischen Kirche ernannt. Seine Wahl sollte die Verbindung Armeniens zu …

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.…

Eutherios

(97 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[English version] In der 1. H. des 5. Jh. Bischof von Tyana. Als überzeugter Anhänger des Nestorios widersetzte er sich den Anathematismen des Kyrillos von Alexandreia. Im J. 431 wurde er auf der Synode von Ephesos exkommuniziert. Er schloß sich Iohannes von Antiocheia an und bezog Stellung gegen die sich anbahnende Einigung zw. ihm und Kyrillos. Als diese 433 zustande kam, trennte er sich von Iohannes. Daraufhin verlor er sein Amt und wurde zum Exil nach Skythopolis verurteilt. Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum) Bibliography M. Tetz, Eine Antilogie des E. von Tyana, (Patristische Te…

Alexios

(220 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[English version] Eine Legende aus Edessa berichtet über einen jungen Byzantiner (5. Jh.), der seine Frau in der Hochzeitsnacht verläßt, um ein asketisches Leben zu führen [1. 36-44]. Die Gestalt des A., die zum Typos des Asketen wurde, ist auch in Konstantinopel im 9. Jh. bekannt, wo Melodos († 833) zu A. Ehren einen Hymnus verfaßte. Die Entdeckung einer lange unberücksichtigt gebliebenen griech. Fassung dieser Legende, die in den Hauptzügen mit der syr. Version des 6. Jhs. übereinstimmt, ohne de…

Armenier, Armenische Literatur

(317 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[English version] Die A. bezeichnen sich selbst als hayk', A. wird von Persern (Behistun-Inschr.) und Griechen (Herodot und Xenophon) gebraucht. Im 6.Jh. v.Chr. sind die A. eingewandert und haben sich mit den autochthonen Urartäern vermischt. Nach medischer, persischer, maked. und seleukidischer Herrschaft erkämpfte der armen. König Artasches 189 n.Chr. die Unabhängigkeit. Die A.L. setzt mit der Erfindung der armen. Schrift durch Maštoc' (ab dem 8.Jh. Mesrop in den Hss.), dem Schüler des Katholikos Saha…

Potamiaina

(114 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[English version] (Ποταμιαίνα). Märtyrerin († um 360 n. Chr.; Fest 7. bzw. 28. Juni). Schülerin des Origenes [1] in Alexandreia. Nach dem Bericht des Eusebios [7] (Eus. HE 6,4) erlitt sie unter Septimius Severus (193-211) das Martyrium. Sie bekehrte den Soldaten Basileides, der sie zur Hinrichtung eskortierte. Zusammen mit ihrer Mutter Markella wurde sie durch Übergießen mit heißem Pech hingerichtet. Nach drei Tagen soll sie Basileides erschienen sein, der wegen seiner Bekehrung inhaftiert wurde und danach ebenfalls das Martyrium fand. Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum) Bibliography J…

Euthymios I. von Konstantinopel

(124 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[English version] (* um 834 n.Chr. in Seleukeia, † 917). Nach einer Zeit als Mönch auf dem bithynischen Olympos wechselte er zum Theodoros-Kloster vor Konstantinopel. Als Beichtvater Kaiser Leons VI. wurde er Abt des Psamathias-Klosters, das der Kaiser eigens für ihn errichten ließ. Nach Absetzung des Patriarchen von Konstantinopel, Nikolaos. I. Mystikos, nahm er dessen Position ein und willigte in Übereinstimmung mit den übrigen Patriarchen gegen das byz. Kirchenrecht in die vierte Ehe des Kaiser…

Elischē

(104 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[English version] (Ełišē) verfaßte in armen. Sprache eine Gesch. der Vardeank und der armen. Kriege, welche den Aufstand des armen. Volkes 450/1 n.Chr. unter der Führung des Mamikoniterfürsten Vardan gegen die sāsānidischen Besatzer beschreibt. E. war kein Augenzeuge der histor. Ereignisse, die er beschreibt, sondern muß im 6. Jh. gelebt haben. Sein Ziel war es, die Gründung der armen. Kirche martyrologisch zu verankern. Armenia; Armenier, armenische Literatur; Sāsāniden Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum) Bibliography E. Ter-Minassjan, Vasn Vardanay ew Hayoc paterazmic, …

Laura

(97 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[English version] (λαύρα, “Gasse”). Urspr. christl. Mönchssiedlung von Eremiten unter Leitung eines gemeinsamen Oberen. Chariton (Χαρίτων) gründete um 330 n.Chr. bei Pharan, Douka und Souka in Palaestina die ersten laúrai mit Zellen (κελλία, kellía) und Höhlen, die durch eine Gasse miteinander verbunden waren. Im Zentrum der Anlage befanden sich Kirche, Bäckerei, Lagerräume sowie die Wohnung des Oberen. Die Eremiten kamen nur zum Gottesdienst mit Eucharistiefeier zusammen. Dieser Klostertyp wurde maßgeblich für das byz. Christe…

Apophthegmata patrum

(204 words)

Author(s): Savvidis, Kyriakos (Bochum)
[English version] (Ἀποφθέγματα πατρῶν). Anonymes Sammelwerk von “Vätersprüchen”, zählt zu den am meisten rezipierten Werken des frühen Mönchtums. Es enthält kurze Anekdoten über das frühe monastische Leben und die Anachorese in der ägypt. Wüste. Es sind Weisungen, prophetische Voraussagen oder Wunderhandlungen, die den Alltag der Mönche beschreiben. Charakteristisch für die a. p. sind jedoch vor allem jene Sprüche, die formelhaft mit der Bitte des Gläubigen eingeleitet werden, der sich als Ratsuchender an den Anachoreten wendet: ›Sag mir ein Wor…
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