After a good education he became a monk and from 423 bishop of Cyrrhus in Syria. From 428 he supported his friend Nestorius in the Christological controversy against *Cyril of Alexandria, of whom he became a leading critic. Deposed by the monophysite council of Ephesus, he was rehabilitated at Chalcedon despite strenuous protests (451), but his attacks on Cyril were condemned under Justinian at the council of Constantinople (553). His elegant letters are informative about both secular and ecclesiastical matters. His Graecarum Affectionum Curatio supplies unique testimonia on the lives and teachings of pagan philosophers. His Church History from *Constantine I to 428 includes many invaluable documents; the Religious History contains biographies of ascetics. His Eranistes is notable for its marginal indications of speakers' names, and his Pauline commentaries (see
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